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What is LSA and should I eat it?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
What is LSA and should I eat it?
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Question: I've seen recipes which call for LSA. What is it and is it good for you?

Answer:LSA stands for linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds and the ingredient is a premade mix of these. LSA usually comes in a fine or coarsely ground form and can be bought readymade from health food stores and some supermarkets.

LSA is full of essential nutrients including fibre, magnesium, omega-3 fats, vitamins E, D, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), biotin, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc and numerous other micronutrients. Plus it tastes delicious, adding a subtle nuttiness and satisfying crunch to recipes.

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Outside of specific recipes, one to two tablespoons each day can be healthy addition to your diet and can be incorporated into all sorts of meals and snacks. Try the following ideas:

  • Sprinkle LSA on your cereal.
  • Put a spoonful of LSA into smoothies or natural yoghurt for flavour and texture.
  • Add one or two tablespoons of LSA to homemade breads, cakes and muffins.

Once opened, LSA is best stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds contain healthy oils, which can begin to spoil when exposed to too much air and light. Storing nuts and seeds this way extends their shelf life and helps them maintain maximum nutritional benefit.

This information is provided by the Sanitarium Nutrition Service.

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