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Numbers Game: Two Tablespoons A Day Keep Cholesterol at Bay

flax_seed_mealStudies on flaxseed intake have shown that two tablespoons of ground flax a day for three months can lower LDL cholesterol by anywhere from ____ to ____ percent.

a) 9 – 18
b) 6 – 11
c) 13 – 24
d) 4 – 8

Leave your guess in the “comments” section and come back on Thursday for the answer.



  1. Kyle said on June 20th, 2010

    I am guessing A.

    I love this stuff! I put it in my oatmeal every morning! It’s great it homemade pizza dough as well.

  2. Leah said on June 20th, 2010

    I’m guessing B. Is there a difference between the seeds and the oil?

  3. Andy Bellatti said on June 21st, 2010

    Yes!! The seeds provide lignans and fiber, the oil does not. There are a few specialty flax oils that leave the lignans in, but you still do not get fiber!

  4. Jay said on June 22nd, 2010

    I started adding a tbsp to my yogurt every morning. I’m also trying out nutritional yeast, but I don’t think it’s gonna go in my yogurt (bleah)

    My cholesterol’s already great (around 100 total), but I’m hoping for C :)

  5. Jake Shields said on June 23rd, 2010

    I have the Golden Roasted whole seeds in muesli and sprinkled on smoothies – does the fact that they are not ground decrease their effectiveness?

  6. Andy Bellatti said on June 23rd, 2010

    Yes. When flaxseeds are not ground up, their lignans (compounds that help lower heart disease & cancer risk), among other things, are not available to us. Whole flaxseeds only offer fiber; ground flaxseeds offer a wide array of nutrients and phytonutrients.

  7. Carol said on June 24th, 2010

    I am going to guess C.

  8. Jake Shields said on June 24th, 2010

    Thanks for the answer but now I have a bunch of follow up questions.
    1. Am I correct in assuming that chewing the flax seeds will not release significant amounts of lignans?
    2. If I grind a whole bunch of flax seeds in advance – in a coffee grinder – do they lose effectiveness over time?
    3. I usually buy Roasted flax seeds – any pros or cons associated with them being roasted?

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