4 Ways to Test for Quality Flax
by Ellie Theobald
Did you know that there are differences in the quality for flaxseed?
Yes, this even includes flaxseed from the grocery store and sometimes from health food stores.
Knowing what quality flax should be like will help you get the best value for your investment!
4 Questions to Determine High Quality Flax:
Quality flax should have a oily and shiny coat. Premium Gold Flax seed has ~2.64 grams of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids per 2 Tbs of Flax!
- 2. Are the Flax Seeds Plump?
Flat flax seeds usually mean very little Omega 3 oil, fiber + lignan content. Premium Gold Flax seeds are large and plump with a high content of nutrients.
- 3. Does the Flaxseed Taste Good?
Flax should have a light nutty flavor, with little to no smell.
- 4. Where does the flax seed come from?
Knowing where our food is coming from is more important more than ever before!
Also, support for our local farmers is so important! Ask your co-op and health food store what the source of their Flax seed is!
Quality is priceless! Flax is not only economical, it has so many health benefits that it can help improve your health and prevent increased doctor bills!
Are you eating Rotting Rancid Flax?
- Does the golden flax seed TASTE good?
- Does it SMELL good?
- Does it have a BITTER aftertaste?
If the golden flax does not taste good, smell good or if it has a bitter aftertaste, it may be that the omega 3 is starting to break down and go rancid -meaning that you are eating rotting flax!
If flax tastes bad, moldy or bitter, the omega 3 has gone bad and should not be eaten. Read more about golden vs brown flaxseed.
If you have tried some other flax seed before and did not like it, I would challenge you to test Cold Milled Flaxseed.
Then... let us know what you think!