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Have you ever wondered what flax is, how to eat flax, if pets can eat flax, when flax is rancid...
-or any other question?
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A: Flax seed has actually been used for thousands of years all over the world because of it's powerful health benefits.
Flax is a seed that is also considered a whole grain. Flax seed is a powerhouse for healthy eating as well as for disease prevention.
Flax seed contains Omega 3 Fatty acids, Fiber -soluble, insoluble and mucilage fiber, Protein (esp good for vegetarians), Lignans (powerful for anti-inflammation and anti-oxidants), vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Research has been done with flaxseed showing that the flax benefits are extensive including prevention of heart disease, prevention of certain cancers -including breast cancer, lowering cholesterol, preventing inflammatory disorders, prevention and help with diabetes, among many other flax health benefits.
Our Flax is Gluten Free and processed in a Gluten, Nut + Lactose Free Facility. It is also Kosher. Our Flax is NOT Genetically Modified -Non GMO.
This is a very important question as Celiac's and other types of Gluten Free diets are being followed.
It is very important for people who need to eat a Gluten free or other Allergen Free diet to know where their food, specifically where their flaxseed is coming from.
More and more flax and other foods are coming from many other countries where standards can be very different -additionally the flax must be shipped and stored longer.
Our Flaxseed is NOT genetically modified. You will get the highest nutrional value from this Omega 3 Golden Flax seed.
It is always better to eat local foods -not only do you support the farmers, but you will get better nutrition! Have you watched the Future of Food Documentary? It is excellent!
Read more details about how much flaxseed to eat daily -for adults, children, and those with digestive system sensitivities.
Did you know pets need Omega 3 also? Read more about how much omega 3 flax seed for your pets.
Flax is a natural plant source of Omega 3, which is important for brain development in children.
Flax is also high in fiber and even children are not getting enough fiber in their diet causing constipation or a slow moving digestive system. Flaxseed has vital nutrition and is considered safe for healthy people of all age groups.
To Read our recommendations for how much flaxseed for kids here.
In much the same way that so much of our processed and cooked foods are lacking in beneficial Omega 3 oil and fiber... our pets are also needing more Omega 3!
The pet foods have been stripped of Omega 3 for storage purposes. Read more about Flaxseed Omega 3 for pets.
Try sprinkling it on their food -see guidelines for how much flax omega 3 for pets here.
It will help your pet's coat be shinier and thicker as well as keeping them healthier!
Flaxseed helps relieve constipation with it's Omega 3 oils as well as the healing and soothing flax mucilage fiber. It is important to drink water after eating flaxseed because flaxseed will bulk up and absorb liquid.
Flaxseed helps with chronic diarrhea, IBS and other digestive irritations by helping to gently bulk up the stool. If you mix cold milled flax with water, you will see it bulks up and thickens up the water -this is what it does through the digestive system. The flax mucilage fiber gently cleanses and heals the irritated intestinal tract.
Flaxseed fiber will help cleanse the colon and continued usage can help avoid colon cancer.
We also have many flax recipes.
You can try these delicious Flax Recipes.
When you cook with flax, it will usually make baked goods slightly chewier with a slight decrease in volume due to the extra Oil and Fiber of flax.
In order to get all the benefits of the small seed, you DO have to grind it up otherwise it is basically "Seed In, Seed Out" and that is simply expensive roughage!
Whole Flaxseed has a hard hull that makes it difficult for the digestive system to break down. When you grind flax, it releases the nutrients from the flax.
...Inside the small flaxseeds are all the nutrients: Omega 3 essential oils, the fibers, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc... and in the hull of the seed are the lignans. All these parts need to be ground enough so the body can break them apart and utilize the benefits!
If you really want the crunch AND the health benefits... do what I do: mix some whole seeds AND the ground cold milled flax seed to your favorite foods! ...Then you get both!
What makes cold milled flax so great is that it has never been exposed to heat in the grinding process. The Omega 3 oils are fragile oils and can easily denature, break down and go rancid if/when they are exposed to heat.
The reason we buy and use cold pressed olive oil is because of the Omega 3 oils. We aren't getting enough Omega 3 oil because so much of what we eat is cooked, baked, fried, and processed. So, the Omega 3 is lost in those processes.
The flax was milled by the family farmer using a proprietary method he developed to protect the Omega 3 oils. Read more about this Cold Milled Flax seed.
And as always... use your taste test: Does it taste good, smell good and not have a bitter aftertaste? If it does, then it means it is rancid and it is like eating rotting flaxseed.
We have the highest quality Flaxseed and have received raving reviews about our Cold Milled Flax seed -Flakes of Gold.
According to those in the flax industry, flax meal has been ground removing most of the Omega 3 oil. This would make it easier to ship and store the flaxseed for longer on the shelves.
This is likely done to use flax meal as more of a flour replacement -and to provide a way to sell the flax meal after the Omega 3 Flax Oil has been taken out to sell at a higher price. Most flax meal is used in animal feed.
Check the package label and compare the nutrient composition --and we ALWAYS recommend that you use the highly effective quality of flax test: Does it taste good, smell good and NOT have a bitter aftertaste.
We highly recommend buying flax in only 2 ways: 1) whole seed and grind yourself -OR- 2) Cold Milled ground flax seed.
An excellent way to add more plant based protein to your diet is by eating 2-4 Tablespoons of Golden Flax seed every day.
Flaxseed is a great source of essential fatty acids, protein, phytochemical lignans, vitamins, potassium and other minerals.
You can read all about the types of flax and golden vs brown flax seed. Brown flax seed (also called Linseed) is primarily used for animal feed as well as commercial oil, paint and solvents.
In a nutshell, Golden Omega 3 Flax has higher Omega 3 content and is easier to get all the health benefits from the flaxseed. It tastes delicious as well!
You want your golden Omega 3 flax to be plump, shiny and have a light nutty taste.
Flax seed has so many more benefits than just flax oil.
When you only have flax oil, you are missing the protein, vitamins, minerals, flax lignans, and the flax fibers (most of us aren’t eating enough fiber).
I use both... I like to use flax oil -ie, on salads, etc.
We recommend eating 2-4 Tablespoons per day of ground flaxseed and add flax oil to your foods to your desire.
Sometimes people only use flax oil due to health reasons -If this is your situation, then as always, work with your doctor for what is right for you.
Always be sure you buy high quality flax oil that is cold pressed -otherwise it may be rancid due to being exposed to heat.
The reason it is so good for diabetics is because it is a Low Glycemic Food, which helps keep the blood sugar from spiking for longer periods of time.
For this reason, we recommend eating 1-2 Tablespoons of flax in the morning and 1-2 at night. Or if you are having a lot of spikes, eat 1 Tablespoon 3-4 times per day.
Try some delicious Flax recipes
Read more ideas and ways to eat flax seed
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