• 05Jun
    via The Sweet Beet by Michelle on 6/2/13
    • Whole seeds are not the way to go. They’re now in everything from cereal (where they get jiggled down to the bottom of the box so that the last serving before the box is empty is 90% seeds), to bread and muffins and pancake batter. But they won’t do you much good except provide insoluble fiber ie. roughage that cant’ be digested. They basically take a trip through your intestines with their protective armor in tact, so your body can’t access them and take advantage of their nutritional assets.
    •  Grinding them up into flax meal, breaks open the shell and allows your body to access the oil. You can buy them ground or do it yourself in a coffee or spice grinder. Flax meal though is less shelf stable than seeds which is why cereal makers add the seeds and not the flax meal.
    • The oil is the most efficient way for your body to access the fatty acids. The oil does not however contain “lignans” which are a phytochemical found in the seeds and lost when the oil is extracted.  If you’re eating flax meal as well as oil, you’re already getting the lignans, but if you only consume the oil, you might want to get the oil that has lignans added back in (which will be stated clearly on the front of the label.)
    • Keep the oil and ground flax seeds in fridge as it breaks down easily in the heat.
    • Don’t cook with the oil.  It will reach its smoke point very quickly and most of the nutrients will be destroyed.

    So that’s it on my end …. Anything you’ve learned about flax you want to share? What’s your fave way to eat it?

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  • 10Jul







  • 05Sep

    This little gal is absolutely adorable!The youngest raw food chef, she’s very smart, cute and funny. Her cookies look delicious!!
    3 T.flax seeds, ground
    2 T. ?sunflower seeds, ground
    4 bananas, mashed
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    1 tsp. salt
    Grind the flax. Pour in a bowl. Grind the sunflower seeds. Add to the bowl. Add the mashed bananas, cinnamon and salt. Stir in raisins. Drop onto waxed paper. Flip the cookies after one hour. Wait another 2 hours or so.

  • 01Aug

    Samantha, selected from Planet Green
    7 Superfoods with the Smallest Footprint


    posted by Samantha, selected from Planet Green Jul 31, 2010 5:07 pm
    filed under: Conscious Consumer, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Food & Recipes, acai, asparagus, carbon footprint, Cherries, chili peppers, environmental footprint, environmental impact, flax, quinoa, wheatgrass

    By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

    We all want to get the most out of what we eat, and a varied diet is always the best way to do that. That said, some foods pack more nutrients per punch than others—here is a look at some that bring the most potent benefits with minimal (for the most part) impact on the environment.

    Tart cherries are thought to decrease risk of heart disease, alleviate arthritis pain and gout, and reduce inflammation. They have a few other healthful qualities to boast—plus, 95 percent of the cherries eaten in the U.S. are grown in the U.S., making them a super-eco-food.

    It’s a powerful detoxifier, it is rich in chlorophyll, certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals, plus it’s been used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and diarrhea—and it’s easy to grow yourself, making it just about as local as you can get.

    One cup has more than a day’s worth of vitamin K, and is rich in folate, vitamins A, C and B6, thiamin, niacin, tryptophan, and fiber. And the eco-bonus is that it’s another you’re likely to find growing closer to home than some of the other celebrated superfoods.

    It’s the only complete-protein grain (that actually isn’t a grain at all), it contains iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, and researchers are working throughout South America to make its cultivation more sustainable all the time.

    A fish-free way to get those omega 3 fatty acids—growing flax is easier on the environment than fish farming, plus you avoid the nasty chemicals and toxins that make fish oil not such a great bargain.

    Chili peppers
    They may help the body to burn fat.

    With 10 to 30 times the antioxidant content of wine and powerful neutralizing effect on free radicals in the body, acai has become one of the most well-known superfoods, and while it’s not grown locally, it is (with most companies, anyway) flash-frozen without chemicals, and is harvested in a sustainable manner by small independent farmers—meaning local economies benefit and the local environment is under good care.

  • 14Apr
    shows you how you can make raw cold pressed seed oils in the comfort of your own home. He makes flax chia sunflower and soybean oil using the L’equip Omni Juice and Oil Extractor.
    This juicer comes with an oil extractor! Wow!
  • 04Mar

    Dr. Theresa Dale, hormone expert, explains how flax seed affects hormones –
    using 1 T. flax oil a day to balance your estrogen level
    1. Does Eating Flax Seed Produce Estrogen – The Renegade Health Show Episode #518

    – 2010-03-04 20:22:38-05
    There has been information out in the health world about flax seed producing estrogen in the body… Today, I interview Dr. Theresa Dale, hormone expert, and let her explain how flax seed affects hormones. She also explains why hormone replacement therapy may not be such a good idea. Check it out… Your question of the day: What do you […]


  • 20Feb

    Hi, Dorothy,

    Whole Foods did have Bob’s Red Mill flax seeds and the whole ones were even labeled raw so thanks for that! What is it in flax that is supposed to affect BP?


    Flaxseed contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
    Evidence suggests that people who eat an ALA-rich diet are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. ALA may reduce heart disease risks through a variety of ways, including making platelets less “sticky,” reducing inflammation, promoting blood vessel health, and reducing risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat).

    and from Cardiology Channel:
    Flaxseed meal—For high blood pressure, grind 2–4 tablespoons daily. Flaxseed meal is a better choice due to its fiber, lignan, and vitamin content, but flaxseed oil (1 tbsp daily) can be substituted.

  • 05Dec
    from Whole Health.com

    New Research:  How Omega-3s Help Reduce Inflammation

    Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a seemingly endless number of health benefits. While omega-3s are most commonly known for their potential benefits to cardiac and cognitive functions, research has linked the fatty acids to improvements in everything from vision to mood to skin health.

    Article Highlights:

    • New research published in the prestigious journal Nature has identified a biochemical pathway by which DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid and component of fish oil, reduces inflammation.
    • The body converts DHA into Resolvin D2, a compound that signals the immune system not to fight healthy tissue. Arthritis and other diseases are caused by the immune system mistakenly fighting healthy tissue.
    • Unlike anti-inflammatory drugs, this pathway does not suppress the immune system.

    Click to continue reading the entire article…Chronic inflammation can lead to a number of health issues and diseases, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and other forms of cardiovascular disease. The researchers believe that these compounds could be useful in the treatment of other diseases associated with inflammation, but it will be some time before we know for sure.

    Visit WholeHealth.com

    to learn more about Omega-3s, Fish Oil, and other sources of Essential Fatty Acids.

  • 29Nov

    1 c. hazelnut pulp (leftover from making hazelnut nog/milk)

    1/4 c. flaxseeds, ground

    1 c. pure water (or more to make a batter-like consistency)

    juice of 1 lemon

    3 cloves garlic

    1/4 c. chives or dried onions

    1 tsp. Italian seasoning

    Process all in the food processor, adding the water until you get a spread-able batter. Line your dehydrator sheets with parchment paper and spread the crackers over entire layer. Score into rectangles and dehydrate at 104 degrees for18 hours, or until desired crispness. These are good crackers! Great with guacomole or cashew mayonnaise, salsa, or nut butters.

  • 01Nov

    4 c. raw corn

    1/2 c. flax seed, ground

    1 red bell pepper

    4 oz. parmezano (almonds, nutritional yeast, salt – see recipe)

    dash of rejuvelac

    1 T. garlic

    1 T. onions powder

    Sea salt to taste

    optional – 2 T. mesquite flour

    Ground corn, flax and bell pepper until mixture is spreadable. Add rejuvelac to desired consistency, or water, and then the spices to taste. Spread on dehydrator sheets and score. Use a wine glass to score round circles for round corn chips or tortillas. Dehydrate at 105 dgrees for 24 hours, or until desired crispiness. If left soft, they are wonderful tortillas!

    For corn bread, add 2 heaping T. mesquite. Drizzle with honey. Dehydrate for 6 hours, then flip and another 6 hours.


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