Why flaxseed? It’s been hailed as a wonder food that can help lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, and fight ailments including diabetes and heart disease. It's high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytochemicals called lignans.
In its ground form, nutty-tasting flaxseed is easy to add to breakfast cereal, sprinkle on a salad, mix into yogurt and smoothies, or bake into cookies and breads. Plus, the ground form is easier to digest than whole flaxseed, which can potentially pass through your intestine undigested, which limits the health benefits.
Whole flaxseed is available at most grocery stores, but the tricky part is getting it into ground form. Pre-ground flaxseed is available, but it can have a short shelf life.
We discovered a better alternative in the handheld Blossom Flaxmill, which is designed specifically to handle the small size and shape of flaxseeds (it also works on sesame seeds). It comes from Spice Ratchet Mills, a kitchenware company led by Kelly Dyer in Alaska (Kelly is the creator of the multifunction Blossom Trivet too.)
We’re keeping our Flaxmills ready to go, right next to the salt and pepper, as a daily reminder to grind a little flaxseed into our meals—a quick effort for a hearty nutritional payoff.