Flaxseed & Low Carbs
consumers are asking an important question about flax: What benefits
does flax offer to consumers of low-carbohydrate diets? Plenty, as it
turns out. The health benefits that make flax good in regular diets
make it good in low-carbohydrate diets.
Flax is Low in Digestible Carbohydrates
Low-carbohydrate diets count only the "digestible" or available"
carbohydrates like simple sugars and starch in food. Flax is very low on available carbohydrates. Because one tablespoon of ground flax contains only 0.1g of available carbohydrate, flax fits in the low-carbohydrate diet. [read more about it: flax & low carbs-PDF]
Flax is a Low GI Food
Low-carbohydrate diets limit the intake of high glycemic index foods but allow for a few low GI foods. Because flax
is low in available carbohydrate, it would be expected to have a low GI
value like meat, poultry, fish, cheese, eggs, avocados and salad
vegetables, which also contain little or no carbohydrate. [read more about it: flax & low carbs-PDF]
Flax is a Good Source of Dietary Fibre
One criticism of low-carbohydrate diets is their low dietary fibre content. Ground flax contains 2.2 g of dietary fibre per tablespoon and can add a significant amount of dietary fibre to low-carbohydrate diets. [read more about it: flax & low carbs-PDF]
Go with Flax
diets appear to achieve greater short-term (six-months), but not
long-term weight loss (12 months). What's needed now is more evidence
showing that low-carbohydrate diets are safe and help people keep
excess weight off in the long-term. Regardless of the carbohydrate
content of the diet, there are good reasons to eat flax.
Download the complete 2-page article here(flax & low carbs-PDF)
Source: Flax and the Low-Carbohydrate Diet. Flax Council of Canada. www.flaxcouncil.ca.