Should I grind flax seed?

Should I grind flax seed ahead of time?

Hi Ellie,
Your flax seed interested me because I am a very healthy eater, so I am going to try it out.

1. What is the recommended amount of flax to take a day/ a meal?
2. Should I grind flaxseed ahead of time or does it lose it potency?
3. Should I grind flax seed as needed? Is that optimal?
4. Does ground flax seed go bad?

Thanks so much. -Anne
Thanks for your support Anne! Great questions!

1. What is the recommended amount of flax to take a day/ a meal?

The recommended amount of flax that you should take a day is 2-4 Tablespoons.
However, I have detailed directions for how to start and maintain eating flax: how much flaxseed.

2. Should I grind flaxseed ahead of time or does it lose it potency?

If you have the whole flax seeds, then you do want to grind the seeds to get all the benefits -you do not need to grind cold milled flaxseed -read more about cold milled flax.

Yes, you can grind flax seeds up ahead of time; however we recommend only 3-7 days, and then you definitely want to store the ground flax in the fridge. Sometimes people are very busy during the week and absolutely have to grind the flax ahead of time, so that is ok -it isn't optimal, but as long as the flax is refrigerated, it will slow down the Omega 3's from breaking down.

When you grind whole flax seeds in a coffee grinder or blender, the blades put some heat into the seeds, which is what starts to break down the Omega 3 oil (a very fragile oil) and it can then denature the Omega 3 -which is not the goal!

Refrigerating the flax slows the denaturing down. The most important test is -the Taste Test... does it taste good, smell good and not have a bitter after taste? If so, then it's all good!

3. Should I grind flax seed as needed? Is that optimal?

It is best to get the excellent nutritional benefits of flaxseed into your diet... so, if that means that you have to grind ahead of time, then just store it in the fridge. If you have time and can grind flax every day, then that is optimal.

4. Does ground flax seed go bad?

Yes, flax can go bad if it is not stored properly.

Thank you for your questions. Enjoy the many health benefits by eating flax seed!

Here's to your health!

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your taste test
by: Cindy

I use the taste test like you recommended -if my flax that I grind or that I buy tastes bad, smells off or has a bitter aftertaste, then I get rid of it. I have tried flax from my Grocery store that tasted bitter when I ate it. It makes sense to me to make sure it tastes good. Your flax is the best I've had so far and when I grind it up, it seems like there is more than the 2 tablespoons of seed that I ground up.

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