Flaxseed is packed with disease fighting plant chemicals and nutrients such as fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, but if you’re eating them whole you’re missing out. Make sure to grind flaxseeds prior to eating to receive all the nutritional benefits. The hard exterior shell of a flaxseed is indigestible, so whole flaxseeds go straight through your digestive system without giving us the plant nutrients. You can grind your flaxseeds at home or purchase flaxmeal instead. I like to add ground flaxseed to smoothies, sprinkle on oatmeal and yogurt or add to homemade baked goods to add a health kick like these banana flax muffins.