Breakfast Smoothie why flax seed oil?

jbo

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I've been making breakfast smoothies during the weekday for awhile now and first heard about the recipe from Dr oz, which you can see below

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/magical-breakfast-blaster

Well swanson vitamins has nearly the exact same receipe
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/health-library/recipes/breakfast-smoothie.html

I understand the ingredients, except for flax seed oil. All the ingredients seem to be protein, fiber or for flavor with health benefits, which I'm trying to understand why flax seed oil? I can understand benefits of flax seed oil, but I was wondering why it's included in the recipe? Will it make you feel fuller longer?
 

jfh

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Power blaster. That's what the ad says. Flax is one of the best natural source of omega-3.
 

jbo

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Power blaster. That's what the ad says. Flax is one of the best natural source of omega-3.
That's the only reason it's added to the shake just for the omega 3's? I thought it was that the oil makes it stick to you better or something else that keeps you fuller.

The reason is that I already take fish oil supplements and eat a lot of almonds/walnuts everyday, so if it's only for the omega 3's, I'll probably stop adding it to my smoothie.
 

Arrowwind09

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Flax will also keep your bowel moving on a regular bases. Aside from omega fats Flax has a whole host of other benefits.. do a search on it.
 

jbo

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Flax will also keep your bowel moving on a regular bases. Aside from omega fats Flax has a whole host of other benefits.. do a search on it.
For bowel movement, does it work better than the already added psyllium seed husks? psyllium seed husks seems to be amazing already.

My question really is the added calories of up to 120 calories, plus the cost if it's really not needed.
 

jbo

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It does appear to make you feel fuller long. I found it in this book with the information below

Master Your Metabolism: The All-Natural (All-Herbal) Way to Lose Weight By Lewis Harrison

Flaxseed oil can be considered an anti-fat or non-fat fat because it prevents, and in some cases reverses, the effects of saturated fat in the body. Flaxseed oil works with the physiologic and metabolic processes in the body. The human body requires fatty acids in order to function properly, and the fatty acids found in flaxseed oil have been found to be essential nutrients. The body cannot convert other food sources into these essential fatty acids. To get them, you have to consume flaxseed oil. Adding flaxseed oil your meals will make you feel fuller longer and will decrease your craving for sweets and fatty foods because your body will be getting the essential nutrients it needs. Flaxseed oil also helps to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. The essential fats in flaxseed oil keep food in the stomach longer. This causes a gradual increase, a sustained plateau, and finally a gradual decrease of blood sugar. Because your body doesn’t have to combat a sharp rise in blood sugar, often found after the consumption of low or non-fat foods, insulin levels will be more regulated. The overall effect will be one of increased energy, stamina, and mental clarity, and a feeling of longer-lasting satiation. The body breaks down flaxseed oil into compounds that boost the metabolic rate in cells. Because the cells work faster, more heat is created, resulting in the burning of more calories. Flaxseed oil increases aerobic function (oxygen consumption) in the cells, which also facilitates weight loss, increases energy and stamina, and promotes a general feeling of well-being
 

EarlyBird

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I personally don't like flax seed oil so I add the Flax seeds to my nut grinder in what I call my "nut mix."
Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans & Flax Seeds. Grind them all together & eat with a tablespoon. :D
I eat a grinder full of this everyday. I love it. :D
 

jbo

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I personally don't like flax seed oil so I add the Flax seeds to my nut grinder in what I call my "nut mix."
Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans & Flax Seeds. Grind them all together & eat with a tablespoon. :D
I eat a grinder full of this everyday. I love it. :D
I agree the taste isn't something that's good, but with the smoothie I've tried it with and without the flax seed and I can't taste any difference, because the blueberries and banana take over most of the flavor or the protein powder itself.

The nut mix sounds really good. I eat two handful of almonds a day during the week and rotate each month between almonds and walnuts, so I won't get sick of one or the other.
 


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