Looking for something new for your meatless Monday?
Check out these Flax Wraps with Hummus from my old buddy, Amy Sedgwick!
Not only does this recipe look delicious, it’s also a heart-healthy powerhouse…
Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it.
Flax seeds contain high levels of dietary fiber as well as lignans, an abundance of micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that flax seeds may lower cholesterol levels, and initial studies suggest that flax seeds taken in the diet may benefit individuals with certain types of breast and prostate cancers. Flax may also lessen the severity of diabetes by stabilizing blood-sugar levels.
Chickpeas (also known as “garbanzo beans”) are one of the earliest cultivated legumes (7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East), and are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein. Chickpeas are low in fat (and most of that is polyunsaturated), and recent studies have also shown that they, too, can assist in lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream.