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8/12/13 2:05 P

I prefer to get my omegas from chia seeds. Unlike flax, they don't need to be ground to release their fats. I add them to a small bit of juice each morning and sprinkle them on my salads at night.

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8/12/13 9:25 A

I've been thinking of getting some flaxseeds, storing them in the freezer, and grinding a small amount every day in a clean coffee grinder..

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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,210
8/12/13 7:35 A

flax seeds contain a healthy type of fat and are a good source of fiber.
The seed must be ground to obtain the beneficial fat.
Please refer to the link to the article in my post below regarding usage, amounts, and how to fit this seed into your diet.

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8/11/13 8:21 P

I do not eat them are they good for diabetic diet?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,210
8/11/13 5:49 P

Check out this SP article on usage tips, grinding, how to store, etc...

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=451

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SCRIMP1 Posts: 512
8/11/13 5:11 P

I got my refund and used it to buy some "Boles Red Mill" brand Organic natural raw whole flaxseeds. They were half the price of the oil.

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8/11/13 4:31 P

Same here, I think it's better than just the oil!

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8/11/13 4:12 P

Thanks for your insights. ANARIE thanks for the idea to take it back for a refund. I will. Guess I will try flax seeds next and also eat more salmon.

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MKRETIRED Posts: 532
8/11/13 4:04 P

Flaxseed, but not flaxseed oil.

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,797
8/11/13 3:47 P

It shouldn't taste bitter.

I love flax oil and Herbamare sea salt on my salads, so yummy.

You should never heat flax oil.

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ANARIE Posts: 12,578
8/11/13 1:27 P

If it tastes bitter, it may be rancid. Does it have a smell? Did you buy it as food, or as a supplement? If it was being sold as a food, it should have an expiration date; double check that. But either way, I would recommend that you take it back to the store and get a refund. It may not have been stored properly, or maybe you just don't like it, but either way, a reputable store will take it back.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,577
8/11/13 1:10 P

I have some flaxseed oil in capsules to use as a dietary supplement. Honestly they are honking HUGE and I hated taking them, so I stopped. The ground flaxseed meal that I add to muffins works out well though.

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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,210
8/11/13 12:44 P

Flaxseed is "not" a cooking oil. It does not hold up well under heat.

Rather, use it in smoothies, salad dressings, drizzle on veggies before serving, etc.

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8/11/13 12:41 P

It makes no sense to use an oil you do not like the taste of just to get your Omega 3's. There are plenty of other good sources out there. Find one you actually enjoy, if one is watching and limiting their food intake, every calorie should be enjoyed!

I love salmon and eat it a LOT. ( my SIL swears I get it 6 days a week. I use Chia seeds in my oatmeal. And I cook with EVOO. Just do a little research and find sources that you enjoy. :)

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 8/11/2013 (12:48)
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8/11/13 12:38 P

I eat ground flax seed

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8/11/13 12:32 P

I don't use the oil. I use a pinch of ground flaxmeal in my shakes. For my son, I add a pinch to his pancakes, oatmeal, tomato soup......
And I like to add Chia seeds to my greek yogurt and baked granola. I also sprinkle chia seeds on my peanut butter when I dip apple slices.
Both of these have omega in them. No bad taste.

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SCRIMP1 Posts: 512
8/11/13 12:15 P

I bought a high quality flaxseed oil (International Collection Brand) because I wanted to increase my intake of Omega 3 Fatty acids.
Its tastes rather bitter (this is my first time trying it). I started to use it to sauté some lean beef strips, and I quickly had to remove it and change the oil because I did not want the taste on my meat.

So if you use this how much to you take in per day? How do you camouflage it? Have you seen any benefit?

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