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Get the Facts on Flax

The Little Seed With a Big Nutrition


11/8/2010 12:06:44 PM

I like to add flax seeds to my oatmeal with a little brown sugar. it is also nice in muffins.
10/17/2010 3:09:25 PM

DFROMTX's SparkPage
I am also a 2 year BC survivor and take Arimidex. Would love to take flaxseed for the benefits, but is it safe. Who can answer this question?
7/21/2010 11:19:38 AM

Curious... article states (and I have heard before) that flaxseed oil and ground flaxseeds go bad very fast, and cannot be exposed to heat/light or they lose their benefits... but while it specifically says not to cook or heat the oil, it suggests adding the ground flaxseeds to cooked foods such as meatloaf or hamburgers. Wouldn't this have the same problem?

I use ground flaxseed in cereals, smoothies, salads, and on yogurt w/nuts, fruit, and honey. I keep it in a cool, dark space but do not refrigerate or freeze. After reading this article, I will probably throw out what I have, buy whole seeds and start to follow these instructions -- I hope that what I have been using was not rancid! It didn't taste bad, but I know that rancid oils can cause a lot of systemic problems.
3/22/2010 9:13:33 PM

I wonder about GETFITALREADY's comment. I am a breast cancer survivor who must take a prescription that blocks my hormone receptors. I wonder about the phyto estrogens in flaxseeds, if that is unhealthy for me.
3/11/2010 2:34:46 PM

I use flaxseed quite often, most of the time as egg-substitue when baking and no eggs are around.
It does help amazingly with digestion, even when you are not mobile, sitting in a wheelchair or or have quatropledgy. Try it, has really improved life quality for some people I know.
1/21/2010 7:03:05 PM

I also read that flaxseed can mimic estrogen in certain people. I wonder if that would make it contraindicated for some and how would they even know?
1/7/2010 8:24:15 AM

I use flaxseeds, I keep them in the freezer and I use a coffee grinder to grind them. I add about 1 Tbs to my blueberry smoothie every morning. They do not change the taste of the smoothie and you can't even tell you have added them.
9/27/2009 9:22:17 PM

I eat either flax seeds or almonds daily for the cholesterol lowering benefits. Time will tell if it is working.

I grind my flax seed in a coffee grinder and put it on cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, etc., or I throw it in the blender and grind it before I add any liquid for a smoothie.
9/27/2009 7:27:28 PM

I'm wondering why mortar & pestle grinding was not mentioned in the article as an option for grinding flaxseed. I prefer to do it that "old-fashioned way" myself.

Otherwise, very helpful article... I've always loved the flavor of flaxseed but I didn't know that cooking with the oil would remove it's beneficial properties. That is good to know!
9/27/2009 4:53:30 PM

There are 2 types of processing for the ground flax meal you can buy. One has to be refrigerated or it will go rancid. The other is a cold-process, which can be stored in the pantry. Its flavor is milder, not as nutty as the other type, for example, Bob's Red Mill ground flax meal.
9/27/2009 1:07:44 PM

LKG9999's SparkPage
I'm still confused by the flax seed versus fish oil debate; there doesn't seem to be a clear answer as to which is a better source of Omega 3s. Can anyone enlighten me?
9/27/2009 11:08:18 AM

QUARKY's SparkPage
They are called linseeds in the UK. I always soak them overnight, because that softens them, and gives them a jelly like coating, and so makes them easier to digest.
9/12/2009 12:55:23 PM

I simply love flaxseed meal. I use 1/2 tbs. on my cereal in the morning, and 1/2 tbs. on my yogurt at lunch.

I buy a container of it, put @ 2 weeks worth in the fridge, and freeze the rest until my fridge supply is gone.

I don't need to hide in in foods, as I love its taste alone.
I've commented on this in another place I believe, so for some of you, this is a repetition.

I'm am thrilled someone put me on to flaxmeal....oh, and I use the bronw....reminds me of nuts.
9/12/2009 10:48:56 AM

--KREN's SparkPage
Ground Flaxseed makes my hemorrhoid problems disappear. I keep mine in a sealed container in the freezer so it stays fresh and is still easy to measure out. I even take it with me on vacation. Don't want to miss a day of the good things it does for me.

9/9/2009 10:48:30 AM

BUDDY_LOVE's SparkPage
I have IBS and I use ground flax in my oatmeal for the added fiber. It really does help. I had no idea of the other benefits.

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