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Get the Facts on Flax

The Little Seed With a Big Nutrition


7/27/2013 9:22:54 AM

MOM_VICKI's SparkPage
I keep a bag of ground flaxseed in my pantry... I better go check if it's supposed to be refrigerated...
5/22/2013 11:45:48 PM

About ground flax:
If it can't be heated, how can it be added to things like meatballs, meatloaf, gravy, pancakes that earlier posts recommend?
I just bought a big 3 lb bag of golden from SAMs that says its cold rolled and their proprietary method extends its life to 22 months.
Anybody have experience with their products?
3/3/2013 7:37:50 AM

I roast the flax seeds thoroughly and then grind into powder. I have experience that this way the powder stays fresh non referigerated. I grind a weeks quota this way
6/24/2012 3:50:41 PM

I often add ground flaxseed to my oatmeal after cooking it. It gives it a slightly nutty flavor and adds some extra fiber as well. I store it in a freezer bag in the freezer. It does not get rancid. There are some brands that are cold-processed that can be stored at room temperature, but make sure you read the label.
6/24/2012 2:27:16 PM

PLUGHAND's SparkPage
In recipes, it is good to use in "gravy" as a 'thickener'.
Also, if you are at all familiar with 'file gumbo' it is good to put in fresh ground 'flax seed' with the file powder...adds a great deal of 'extra' nutrition to an already "potent" Southern meal ("N'awlins").

(as in 'roux')
6/24/2012 2:22:00 PM

KMBRLY4's SparkPage
Ladies watch eating flaxseeds, I work for a gynocologist and she stated that this can have an estrogen type effect and can alter your periods, make them heavier than normal. So just watch how much you eat daily. Also would not use if pregnant./breast feeding.
6/24/2012 12:01:45 PM

MEGLOPEZ's SparkPage
My husband and I have been eating ground flaxeed for many years. We usually grind about a week's worth and keep it in the refrigerator. We add 1 tablespoon per day. Even when we travel, we carry enough for our trip in an air tight container. We add it to our breakfast cereal or mix it with orange juice along with one tablespoon of chia.

6/24/2012 11:37:50 AM

I don't like that the article mentioned adding whole seeds to bread and the such.
I have read in MULTIPLE place that if you eat the whole seeds you lose ALL of the nutritional benefits due to how your body metabolizes them or digests them... something like that. I'm not a nutritionist!
I've also seen comments stating the same.
I've also read comments that state that the article says that if you store ground flax, it will become rancid.
What I did is bought an inexinsive coffee grinder, and grind just what I need.
Yesturday I made muffins and ground up 3 tablespoons to add to them. It took literally 10 seconds to grind them.
While this may be a little time consuming to grind just what you need everytime you want to add it to your food, it's better than having the ground flax go bad on you or not getting the nutrition from the flax seeds!
6/24/2012 11:05:47 AM

Flaxseed is also an important galactagogue! If you're a nursing mom, adding flaxseed to oatmeal cookies helps milk production!
4/10/2012 2:05:00 PM

It makes a lovely pancake mix. A little grainier than the original, but otherwise delicious. :)
2/29/2012 10:18:00 AM

MZZCHIEF's SparkPage
Nice comprehensive article.
Just like to add that flaxseed really needs to be bought whole and ground to release its magic, unground it passes intact thru the intestinal track.

Once ground... it becomes rancid./oxidizes quickly... pre-ground flax is no doubt rancid by the time its bought from doing time on the store's shelves...unless its been vacuum packed with nitrogen. This is why they tell you to store in the freezer once you open it. IMO its best just to leave it packaged in its shell and invest in a grinder and grind it at home.

If you're not into grinding it, and still want flaxseed's beneficial ALA and fiber, a better choice may be Chia Seed. It doesn't need to be ground, doesn't go rancid and doesn't contain the minute amount of cyanide the way flax seed does.

: )
2/29/2012 12:38:42 AM

Another way to eat flaxseed and get all the nutritional benefits - toast it. This is done in a skillet like old fashioned popcorn. Use over vegetables for a nut-like taste. Also is a good snack. Store like ground flax.

I disagree with some of the terminology in the article. Ground flax and flax meal are not the same thing. Flax meal is what is left after the oil is removed. Most of the nutritional benefits are gone from this version. Ground flax has all the nutrients and oil.
I would like to see some recipes and meal plans on SparkPeople which include flax.
2/15/2012 1:31:36 PM

Thank you so much for the details, I heard about the flax seed but I thought its only for heart patients. Thanks again, i'll add it in my food from now on.
11/17/2011 11:51:13 AM

Thank you for the informative article. I have allergies and tend to react to various medicines and supplements, so especially appreciate the warnings. I'll try a little ground flax seed, but very cautiously!
3/9/2011 3:59:27 PM

I'm sorry, but this article is confusing.
"Fifty grams of flaxseed has about the same amount of omega-3's as three pounds of salmon!" but quantities of just a 1/4 cup & over can have drug interactions & harmful effects. HOW, pray, does that mean it's healthier than fish???

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