Published Date April 12, 2022

Flaxseeds & Digestion (Part 2 of 4)

By Naurin Ansari

1 min read

About insoluble fibre, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat and flaxseeds
Flaxseeds & Digestion

Every 10 grams of flaxseed consists of 55 calories, 1.9 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 0.2 grams of sugar, 2.8 grams of fibre, and 4.3 grams of fat.

The fibre content of flaxseed is 20-40% soluble and 60-80% insoluble. The insoluble fibre content present in flaxseeds adds bulk to the digestive waste and will act as a laxative to help relieve constipation.

Soluble fibre, on the other hand, is thought to bind with water in the digestive tract. This might cause it to swell and increase the bulk of the stool, preventing diarrhoea.

The fat content of flaxseed consists of 73% polyunsaturated fatty acids (such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids) and 27% monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fatty acids have been considered helpful for blood clotting, nerve function, brain health, and building muscle strength. Studies in people with type 2 diabetes have shown that supplementing with 10–20 grams of flaxseed powder per day for 1–2 months can reduce fasting blood sugar by up to 19.7%. 

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