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???
I also put flaxseed in my oatmeal and other dishes sometimes I eat it just like that. This is great stuff.
1/5/2011 9:04:32 PM
I see a nutritionist and an acupuncturist and I am a DVM...all of my sources state that the type of omega 3's in flax seed are poorly converted to a usuable form by the adult mammal. Although now also found in a lot of pet foods, flax seed is of unknowable and questional benefit due to this poor conversion for our dogs as well
Unfortunately, the article doesn't really do justice in comparing flax and fish oil. There are 3 main types of omega-3: ALA, DHA and EPA. Flax has ALA, which can be converted to DHA and EPA, but some people may not convert it as easily, especially people with diabetes. The bulk of research on the healthy heart benefits and lipid lowering are with DHA and EPA which is found in fish oil. You may not get enough EPA and DHA in flax if you are needing to reduce lipids or if you have heart disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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