Recent e-mail received here at WholeHeart:
I was wondering if you would clear something up that I haven’t been able to get an answer to on the internet or in stores? What kind of flax seed is best for my health? I went to Whole Foods the other day and was overwhelmed by the number of choices. Besides the different colors, some were roasted, some organic, and some were pre-ground, while others were whole. I’m assuming whole is better and I should grind it as I use it, but the other issues have led me to a purchasing paralysis.
Great question! I completely understand the purchasing paralysis. And as often in the business world, the golden flax people will tell you that it is higher in nutrient value and the darker red/brown producers will say the same. The truth- as I was taught- is that they are equal in nutritional value. You are absolutely right that you would not want to purchase it already ground. Grinding it fresh yourself (coffee or spice grinders work great for this) is indeed the preferred method versus purchasing pre-ground. Without grinding the flax before consumption our bodies cannot access all that protein, fiber, lignans and omega-3′s! Those little seeds would just go for a ride in our GI tract.
We grind our flax fresh for our granola and slow roast at a slow temperature to preserve the nutritional content of the food.
I hope this has helped. Thank you for finding us and for your question!
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