Gold Top Organics Brown Flax Seed Milled 454g
Certified Organic Cold Milled
What makes flax stand out above other whole grains is its mix of fibre. Rather than containing large amounts of one type of fibre, flax seeds contain generous quantities of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Flax tastes good and adds all the fibre of whole grains to foods: 1 Tbsp of milled flax contains as much total dietary fibre as 1 slice of whole wheat bread or 1/4 cup of cooked oat bran.
Soluble fibre - Most of the soluble fibre in flax seeds is mucilage, a thick, sticky substance. Few studies have looked at the direct effects of mucilage on health. However, since it is well known that soluble fibres ― fruit pectin, oat bran or mustard seed mucilage ― are effective cholesterol-lowering agents, it's likely that the soluble fibre in flax seeds is no exception.
Insoluble fibre - Not surprisingly, studies show that the insoluble fibre in flax, like that in wheat bran, is helpful for regulating bowel movements and preventing constipation. Because flax's insoluble fibre components have the capacity to hold water, they help soften the stool and allow it to move through the colon more quickly.