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Getting Healthy Flax into Your Diet Easier with New Cookbook

March 23, 2009
(Saskatoon, SK)- Flax is being touted as an ingredient that can provide health and wellness benefits in our daily diets. The grain is as good for you as it is for your pets. And now the 15,000 flax producers in Saskatchewan have another tool in their arsenal to promote this highly nutritious, disease-fighting food.

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In an effort to encourage Canadians to include the grain's omega-3 rich seed or oil in their diets, the industry has launched a cookbook, Everything Flax, edited by Linda Braun (Whitecap).

It'a not only a cookbook filled with recipes for tantalizing dishes like Flax Coated Goat Cheese and Apple Salad or Fudge With Flax, but it features a guide informing readers about its benefits. As well, it explains its nutritional profile, the recommended daily intake and how to add it to your diet.

"Flax is such a nice product to work with," says editor Braun, a consultant working in Saskatchewan's food and agriculture industry for 30 years. "It lends itself to many different applications, from grinding and rolling and using it as a coating."

She says most health-food outlets, bulk food stores as well as large supermarkets stock flax. Whole flaxseed can be stored at room temperature for a year. However, ground must be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than 90 days, while oil should be stored for 6 to 8 weeks. Both should be encased in opaque containers.

"Shoppers can also buy flax toasted and mixed with blueberries or cranberries in a foil package," says Braun.

For more information, contact:

Linda Braun, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
Saskatoon, SK
Tel. 306-664-1901