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The Practical Baker
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 • Posted September 9, 2009

Flax Seed Bread

First, I read an article about the benefits of flax seed in your diet:

Benefits of Flax seed

(HealthCastle.com) Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Benefits of flax seed as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels. Other benefits show that flax seed may also help lower blood triglyceride and blood pressure. It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack.

Aside from alpha linolenic acid, flax seed is rich in lignan. Lignan is a type phytoestrogen (antioxidant) and also provides fiber. Researches reveal that lignan in flax seed shows a lot of promise in fighting disease — including a possible role in cancer prevention especially breast cancer. It is thought that lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.

Recent studies also showed positive benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Colitis). Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines.

Moderately include flax seed in your diet. Indeed, a lot of food products contain flax seed such as bread, cereal and bakery goods. Bakers may use flax seed flour or include flax seed in baking.

Then, the next day, we were wandering the aisles of a grocery store and, lo and behold, there sat a box of milled flax seed, right next to the bread flour. And, lo and more beholder, on the back of the box of flax seed was a recipe for “Golder Flax Bread.” I bought a box of seed, came home and made this loaf of bread. I’ve made 3 loaves of it in less than 2 weeks. It is really tasty and it’s good for you!

GOLDEN FLAX BREAD (courtesy Hodgson Mill Co.)

7/8ths cup of water

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons molasses

1 cup salt

2 tablespoons milled flax seed

1 tablespoon wheat gluten (optional)

2 ½ cups bread flour

1 ½ tablespoons non-fat dry milk

1 ½ teaspoons fast rise yeast

Place all ingredients in the pan of your bread machine, put it on the “bread” cycle, set for a “light” crust, and let ‘er rip. In about 4 hours or so, you’ll have a 1 ½ pound loaf of delicious, nutritious bread.

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