What are the nutrition benefits of flax seed?

While flax is rich in protein, research suggests that its health benefits probably have more to do with its fatty acid and fibre profile.

Golden flaxseed, also known as linseed, comes from the flax plant, which is cultivated for its seeds as well as its fiber. The seeds, which are a little larger than sesame seeds, are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in dietary fiber and lignan. Used since ancient times, flax is renowned for a myriad of health benefits.

Don't let the tiny, unimposing size of the flaxseed fool you. Packed inside every teeny seed is a mountain of nutritional benefit. For instance, flaxseeds are excellent sources of calcium and fiber. Flaxseed is one of the best sources of lignans, which are estrogen-like chemicals found in plants and which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants remove free radicals and aid in the prevention of diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease. Flax is the most widely available botanical source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent these diseases and which improve immune function, improve brain functions such as memory and act as an anti-inflammatory. Other health benefits provided by regular consumption of flaxseed are protection against diabetes, the prevention and control of high blood pressure and the reduction of cholesterol levels.

What are the nutrition benefits of Salba Chia?

When it comes to nutrition, our values are simple: eat nutrient dense whole foods to give your health a daily boost. As one of the world’s oldest and most powerful whole food supplements, Salba Chia will give your diet the nutritional boost it needs. This small but mighty seed is the richest whole food source of Omega-3 (ALA) and fiber, gram for gram.

Salba chia is a multi-tasker of a seed. Salba Chia is incredibly nutrient dense, contains no transfat and is naturally gluten free. If that’s not smart enough, it is also Non-GMO Project Verified and the only form of chia used in clinical health and medical studies. Just a 15g serving a day of this potent superfood will bring your daily nutritional intake to the top of the class.

Traditionally, getting all the vitamins and minerals needed for a balanced diet can be complicated. The small and mighty Salba chia seeds include many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a diet centered around health and whole nutrition without ever having to take a pill. Salba chia is loaded with the following: omega3s. fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium.

What are the nutrition benefits of quinoa?

Perhaps the most striking health benefit provided by quinoa is its overall nutrient richness. When the nutrient composition of this food is analyzed in depth, the results are unusual and striking. While quinoa can be eaten in the same way as a grain, or ground into flour like is so commonly done with grains, quinoa is unique in that it does not have the  nutritional shortcomings associated with traditional grains.

One of the shortcomings overcome by quinoa involves its protein content. Most grains are considered to be inadequate as total protein sources because they lack adequate amounts of the amino acids lysine and isoleucine. The relatively low level of both lysine and isoleucine in the protein of grains is what causes these amino acids to be considered as the limiting aminoacids (LAAs) in grains. In other words, these LAAs prevent grains from serving as complete protein sources in our diet. By contrast, quinoa has significantly greater amounts of both lysine and isoleucine (especially lysine), and these greater amounts of lysine and isoleucine allow the protein in quinoa to serve as a complete protein source.

In terms of fat content, quinoa once again overcomes some of the shortcomings of most grains. Since it takes nearly 350 calories' worth of whole wheat to provide 1 gram of fat, whole wheat is not generally regarded as a significant source of fat, including essential fatty acids or heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (like oleic acid). By contrast, since it only takes 63 calories' worth of quinoa to provide 1 gram of fat, quinoa is typically considered to be a valuable source of certain health-supportive fats. About 28% of quinoa's fatty acids come in the form of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and about 5% come in the form of alpha-linolenic acid or ALA—the omega-3 fatty acid most commonly found in plants and associated with decreased risk of inflammation-related disease.

In the case of quinoa, or rating system does not do full justice to the fact that quinoa contains significant amounts of certain tocopherols (vitamin E family members) largely absent from most grains. For example, one cup of quinoa provides 2.2 milligrams of gamma-tocopherol—a form of vitamin E that has been more closely associated with certain anti-inflammatory benefits in health research.

The antioxidant flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol are also especially plentiful in quinoa. In fact, the concentration of these two flavonoids in quinoa can sometimes be greater than their concentration of high-flavonoid berries like cranberry or lingonberry.

What is the shelf life of Sweetseeds products?

Shelf life of Sweetseeds products is 18 months.

I see that Sweetseeds products are made in a ‘peanut and nut free facility’ but what about tree-nuts?

Sweetseeds sources direct from manufacturers that operate tree nut and peanut free facilities. Our storage, sourcing of ingredients, cleaning, packaging and testing systems have been put in place to help minimize allergen cross-contamination

Do Sweetseeds products contain trans fats?

All Sweetseeds products are prepared with no tranfats and can support the transfat free claim symbol and have met the criteria set out by Health Canada. There are different types of fats in foods including saturated, unsaturated and transfats. Choosing the right amount and types of fats can lower your risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease. Research shows a diet high in saturated and transfats can lead to an increase in your total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL – C) levels, raising your risk for heart disease. Trans fats until recently were found in high amounts in processed foods containing partially hydrogenated oils and shortenings. Due to the negative health effects and mandatory package labelling of transfats, the food supply has changed with manufacturers removing or reducing use of transfats in their products.

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