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Get the Facts on Flax

The Little Seed With a Big Nutrition


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.
7/27/2009 11:28:51 PM

I have used flax seed also. When my mother was having difficulty with constipation while in the hospital, probably the food :), I brought her in some tea with flax oil in it.
I bought the seeds and put 3 Tbsp in 1/2 cup water and boiled it on the stove. Let it steep and poured it in the tea.
The nurses were amazed that the flax worked where other things had failed.
It is wonderful. I have tried it in meatloaf too. Yummy!
It gels like chicken stock so why not use it there too.
Sounds like a lot of work but not really. Once boiled when it is poured the seeds stay mainly on the bottom so not bad.
6/11/2009 11:58:24 AM

MARTAMIA's SparkPage
I started using Golden Flaxseed at the recommendation of my gastro/intestinal MD. I grind 2 tbls in my coffee grinder and sprinkle into whole grain cereal, fruit/yogurt smoothies, bread, muffin,soups and cookie recipes. I feel better and my bowels thank me for it!
Now I am glad to learn it beneficial properties for menopause.
Good article thanks!
5/21/2009 10:36:31 PM

DJSYES's SparkPage
I never knew they could go bad, thanks for the advice... I'll start to refridgerate them
3/2/2009 3:41:33 PM

JILIANP's SparkPage
i had no idea that flaxseed oil was so good for you ... i started taking it today my husband bought it for me in capsules from gnc
does it matter if its in pill form or fresh ?
1/26/2009 9:18:48 AM

JUSTJEWEL32's SparkPage
I use flaxseed everyday in everything from cream of wheat to meatloaf. My family cannot taste it at all.
1/12/2009 3:27:49 PM

QUEENMARY444's SparkPage
I have read a lot about the pros and cons of flaxseed. I use it for the protein, fiber and the essential fatty acids. I add it to foods like ground beef, oatmeal and cereal. I also add it to salmon patties, not too much as it tends to make them crumble. I mix 1 T ground flax with 1T peanut butter for a snack and eat it off the spoon.

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