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Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil

Article from Eating for Energy by registered dietitian Diana Steele

Flaxseeds are, what I would consider, the best, most nutritious seed you could eat and we happen to grow them in our Canadian prairies. Nutritionally they are a powerhouse. The seed itself contains lignans, phytochemicals known to help prevent breast, ovarian and prostate cancers and soluble fibre which helps reduce cholesterol. The oil in flaxseeds contains the highest percentage of omega 3 fats out of all the nuts and seeds. Omega 3 fats are known to reduce inflammation, platelet aggregation, LDL cholesterol, arthritis and blood pressure. Omega 3 fats are also important for brain, nerve and visual development in the fetus and may improve brain function in the elderly.

1 tablespoon of these little seeds provides you with:

  • 37 calories
  • 3 grams of fat
  • 1.6 grams ALA (omega 3 fat)
  • 1.25 grams protein
  • 2 grams of fibre

The dietary reference intake for omega 3 fats for men is 1.6 grams and for women [...]

Alligga blog picFrom fighting disease to reducing inflammation, flaxseed is indeed a super food. It’s only downfall you ask?

As an oil, it’s unable to withstand high temperatures without the risk of burning and creating carcinogens.

Enter Alligga’s flaxseed oil: North America’s first organic, high-heat safe flaxseed cooking oil. While an innovative product, the Alligga brand flaxseed cooking oil definitely had some marketing challenges. Besides building brand awareness, they needed consumer backing in order to show the oil’s value to retailers. But these couldn’t be any just any consumers. They needed feedback from an informed group, who’d be willing to try, review, and hopefully like it enough to enhance the product’s demand.

To create a stronger presence in the minds of not just consumers but [...]

March is Nutrition Month! The Nutrition Month 2016 public campaign is dedicated to making a small change and making it stick! At Alligga, we are committed to providing natural health products for a complete and balanced lifestyle. We’re very excited about Nutrition Month and will be helping you implement small lifestyle changes throughout March.


Our first tip is to help you feel fuller and more energized throughout your day! The answer – fibre, protein and water.

The more fibre, protein and water your food contains, the longer it will satisfy you. Fibre and water add volume and bulk up your meal.  Protein slows down the rate at which food leaves your stomach keeping you full for longer.  Including protein at meals also helps regulate, or slow, the [...]

Store It. Don’t Pour It.

By: Evita Basilio

It’s finally the holidays and with all the cooking for family and friends, you’re probably going to have a lot of leftover cooking grease. Do you know how to properly dispose of it?
Proper disposal is an issue because…
When fats and oils are poured down the drain, the fats and oils solidify and build up in sewer pipes. This eventually causes blockages that can result in sewer backups, property damage, and added costs to cities and municipalities

You should…Store fats and oils in an old disposable plastic container. When full, the container should be thrown out with regular garbage.

Businesses that need to dispose of used cooking oil…From individual restaurants to larger chains, school and hospital cafeterias, food manufacturers, and more, you can use the EcoZero [...]

Naturally, oils contain saturated and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are divided into monounsaturated (one double bond in the fatty acid chain) and polyunsaturated (more than one double bond). Polyunsaturated fats are essential for our body as we cannot naturally produce them. What’s the difference between all these types of fat?

SATURATED FAT:  Saturated fat raises the bad LDL cholesterol in your blood and has been linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease.

MONOUNSATURATED FAT: Oleic fatty acid (Omega-9) monounsaturated fat is produced naturally in our body so is called non-essential. It may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering bad LDL cholesterol in the blood and helping control blood glucose.

POLYUNSATURATED FAT: Omega-3 and Omega-6:

  • ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACID (Omega-3): Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which cannot be naturally produced by the body and must be obtained through our diets. Regular intake of Omega-3 has shown to protect against hypertension, inflammation, [...]

Did you know you can take out the solid fats in your recipe and use our healthy flaxseed cooking oil instead? Eliminate trans and reduce saturated fats in your recipes by substituting solid fat for Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil.  If a recipe calls for this much solid fat – try making it with this much of our flaxseed cooking oil

Solid Fat Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil 1 cup (250 mL) ¾ cup (175 mL) ¾ cup (175 mL) 2/3 cup (150 mL) ½ cup (125 mL) 1/3 cup (75 mL) ¼ cup (50 mL) 3 Tbsp (45 mL) 1 Tbsp (15 mL) 2 tsp (10 mL) 1 tsp (5 mL) ¾ tsp (4 mL)

What is solid fat?

Fats that are solid at room temperature are saturated fats and can come from animals such as beef, pork and chicken fat, butter, cream and milk fat. Vegetable sources are coconut, palm and palm kernel oils, and [...]

Fibre is the part of plants that our bodies cannot digest. There are two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains contain fibre. Animal foods such as meats and eggs have no fibre.

Did you know? Canadian women need 25 grams of fibre per day and men need 38 grams of fibre per day. Most Canadians are only getting about half that much!

We’ve All Been a Little Stuck
Everyone has experienced constipation at some point in their life. Constipation usually is defined as fewer than three bowel movements per week. Severe constipation is defined as less than one bowel movement per week. Constipation means hard stools, difficulty passing stools (straining), or a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. Fibre is important in maintaining a soft, bulky stool. Diets that are low in fibre can, therefore, cause constipation. Fibre is one of the mainstays in the [...]

The reviews are in & here are the results!

Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil - Public Opinion Product Review


shutterstock_246820519When you are pregnant, you need more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3s travel through your placenta to your baby, and support the growth of your baby’s brain and tissues. The optimal intake of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) has been estimated to be 0.8-1.1 g/day for children and adults. Health Canada recommends that pregnant women consume an additional 0.05 g/day of omega-3 fatty acids during the first trimester and an additional 0.16 g/day during the second and third trimesters. Lactating women should increase their omega-3 fatty acid intake by an additional 0.25 g/day.


Age in Years Aim for an ALA intake of grams (g)/day Men 19 and older 1.6 Women 19 and older 1.1 Pregnant Women 19 and older 1.4 Breastfeeding Women 19 and older 1.3

ALA is found in [...]

Eating healthy and getting the right nutrients is important but so is getting the right exercise! Recommended by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC), as per the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines, two types of physical activities are needed each week to improve our health, aerobics and muscle strengthening.

Everyone exercises differently, at different paces, different workouts, we just have different preferences. This effects the recommended times of these two types of exercises. If you’re someone who exercises at a more moderate level (brisk walking, light cycling etc.), you’re probably looking at somewhere between 2 hours and 30 minutes compared to someone who exercises more vigorously (jogging, running, etc.), 1 hour and 15 minutes of aerobic exercises. Or you can be someone who does a little bit of both? Find yourself a happy medium!

However, aerobics exercises on its own just isn’t quite enough. Muscle strengthening exercises for our major muscle groups should be incorporated into [...]

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