buying microsoft expression web price of office 2010 professional plus in india buy adobe photoshop elements 8 mac buy cs4 for mac rosetta stone spanish used for sale buying ms office 2007 student buying microsoft visio 2007 buy cs4 master suite best buy office 2013 professional buy autodesk inventor 2010 software buy adobe cs5 for mac buy photoshop serial number best buy elements 8 best price acronis true image home 2010 office 2010 purchase options
purchase windows xp product key buy office 2007 standard license buy ms money software buy microsoft works online buy autodesk combustion 2008 buy adobe acrobat 9 pro upgrade buying office 2013 professional academic how much does photoshop cs4 cost buy propellerhead reason 4 discount adobe audition 3 powerdirector 9 ultra64 best price purchase windows xp professional upgrade cheap aperture 2 mac best buy nero liquidtv buy wordperfect 14

You Ask, I Answer: Ground Vs. Whole Flaxseeds

My question is about Kashi and Nature’s Path products that claim to have Omega 3’s from flaxseed, but clearly only have whole flaxseeds in their products.

Don’t they need to be ground for our bodies to receive [nutritional benefit[s]?

I’ve always been puzzled by this. Thanks!

– “Glidingcalm”
Via the blog

Yes, only the ground-up form provides all the wonderful nutrition packed inside those tiny seeds.

If you were to thoroughly chew each flaxseed you would theoretically also be getting the same amount of nutrition, but it is very easy to swallow them whole (particularly when they are part of a waffle or cracker), in which case they pass right through the digestive system without contributing their Omega-3 fatty acids or lignans.

To ensure you are getting the most out of this great seed, have ground flaxseed ready to go in your refrigerator or buy whole ones and pulverize them in a coffee grinder.

Keep in mind, though, that many Kashi products (i.e.: their thin crust pizzas) are made with ground flaxseeds.

Similarly, some Nature’s Path cereals (like their flax plus cold cereal with raisins) list “flax meal” as an ingredient, which refers to ground flaxseed.

And so it comes down to a common theme on Small Bites: always read the ingredient list!


One Comment

  1. glidingcalm said on August 12th, 2008

    Thanks for your help, Andy! Sometimes I would see the same thing on Kashi granola bars…and you know, they have that little diagram with the picture on the back pointing to the WHOLE flaxseed as though it was providing us the Omega-3′s and I was always so confused! I really appreciate you answering my Q so quickly too!

Leave a Reply