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Flax

Alternate Names

linseed, common flax, flaxseed

Description

Flax comes from the flax plant, a small annual plant that grows to about 3-4 ft tall. The seeds of the flax plant are used to make linseed oil.

Flax - Quick Stats
Names

linseed, common flax, flaxseed

Allergy Information

Uses

Fiber

Additional Information

Flax seeds are high in dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Some studies suggest flax seeds may lower cholesterol levels, especially in women.



Found In

cereals, milk (from cows fed flaxseed), linseed oil, tea, energy bars, packaged oatmeal

Possible Health Effects

Excessive consumption of flax seeds without enough water can cause bowel obstruction.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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