The calorie content in flax seeds differs based on their quantity, quality and also the method of preparation. One cup of flax seeds which contains around 16 tablespoons of flax seeds contains around 722 calories out of which 443.5 calories come from fat. The total fat content in an equal quantity of flax seeds is 49.3 grams in which the saturated fat content is 4.6 grams, polyunsaturated fat is 32.5 grams and monounsaturated fat is 10 grams. The carbohydrates content in a cup of flax seeds is 53.9 grams, dietary fiber is 24.5 grams and protein content is 26.1 grams. It also contains essential minerals such as Sodium and potassium and their content is 95.7 mg and 1901 mg respectively.
Consuming ½ tablespoon of flax seeds provides 20 calories, 1 tablespoon of flax seeds provides around 40 calories, 2 tablespoons give 80 calories and 1 teaspoon gives 13 calories. ½ tablespoon of flax seeds contains 1 gram of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 2 grams of fat content. 1 tablespoon of carbohydrates contains 2 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of proteins and 3 grams of fat and 2 tablespoon of flax seeds offer 4 grams of carbohydrates, an equal amount of protein content and 6 grams of fat. Flax seeds also contain a good amount of Calcium, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus and Vitamin B6. The amount of all these micronutrients varies depending upon the serving size of the flax seeds.
It is recommended to grind the flax seeds rather than consuming these in the whole form. Because of their hard shell it is difficult to consume and digest the whole seeds. Having flax seeds in the whole form also takes away much of its nutritional value. Thus, if you want to get all the health benefits that it offers than it is suggested to grind these before eating.