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The Little Seed With a Big Nutrition


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Beware of flax if you have had your gallbladder removed. Check with your doctor 1st.

When I tried the flax seed oil I had a very painful reaction and was told it was cause I didn't have a gallbladder.

I'm not giving medical advice - just check with your doctor 1st! Report
I did not know that about flax seeds Excellent benefits. I know now, so I will be picking up some. Report
I M using the flaxseed ground and its a very good for health . Report
My morning porridge:

2T ground flax seed
2T oat bran, dry
4 T wheat bran, dry
3-4 walnuts, crushed
14 grams (1/2 oz) dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins or dried blueberries
1-1/4 to 1-1/3 cup water

Mix and heat on the stove until thickened and the water is absorbed. It can be microwaved, yet make sure the bowl is large enough and watch it to avoid boil over. I find it to be sweet enough from the dried fruits. Add some sweetener if desired.

On brands... I am not brand specific. I did get my ground golden flax seed at Costco but I've eaten Bob's Red Mill or Kroger "Simply" brand too. I typically use the nuts and dried fruits from Costo simply due to lower cost per use and I like the quality. I've used Kroger and Sunsweet raisins, too. Bran - I buy what is the lowest cost as it's more of a commodity item. Kroger Simply is usually well priced as is Hodgson Mills. Bob's Red Mill is nice stuff and they think so too considering that it's often priced higher than other brands, conventional or organic. I'm for "use that brand it if it tastes good."

I've eaten this for breakfast 6 times per week average for the last four months. It's filling. My stomach adores it. I seriously do not get hungry after I eat it but I don't feel stuffed either. I just feel pleasant.

Anecdotal evidence here. My fasting LDL cholesteraol dropped 25 mg/dL in a year by adding this porridge for breakfast.

I'm a scientist. Testimonials are anecdotal - show me the double blind-placebo studies! I was just surprised to see my LDL drop this much because my LDL cholesterol was just at 100 mg/dL before I started eating this for breakfast. We each are an Experiment of One. Report
Chris3874, the flax seed absorbs water and gels up. If you add it to your oatmeal, add an equivalent amount of water for each amount of flax seed you add. The flax seed is competing for water.

Ground flax seed is sometimes used as an egg substitute in baking since it creates a soft gel when mixed with water. Can be handy in vegan baked goods, like Isa Moskowitz's recipes on her Post Punk Kitchen web site.

Chia seeds have similar gelling properties. Report
I like mine on oatmeal although it seems to gum it up a bit not sure why. Is it the same thing as linseed?
There is a product called 'omega crunch' that is a shelled flax seed. Your body digests is without requiring it to be ground. It was featured on Canadian Dragon's Den. Report
I kept reading about the flaxseed going rancid thing, but never experienced it myself. Wasted money on the expensive brands and their ads for its freshness. If you're taking them for their Omega's 3, you're waaaay better off eating fish, or free range eggs, etc. Report
I keep my flaxseed meal in the freezer, but not in an opaque container. So far I haven't experienced any issues. I put it in yogurt and oatmeal.

Lately I've also been enjoying Enjoy Life Crunch Flax cereal. I'm sure it's not as good as plain ol flaxseed meal, but the crunch it brings to my yogurt is really, really pleasurable! Report
I keep a bag of ground flaxseed in my pantry... I better go check if it's supposed to be refrigerated... Report
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?
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 Report
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. Report
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").

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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. Report

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