ground flax seed question

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  1. goten2000

    goten2000 Tupac's Son

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    costco is selling a huge bag of ground flax seed and i was wondering if this has the same (or similar) nutritional value as whole flax seeds that you grind yourself. worth the purchase?
     
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    I was at a Shop & Save last night, and they had bags of whole flax seeds for something cheap like 0.99/lb or 1.99/lb. I wasn't paying much attention :o
     
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    Same nutritional value, and easier for you to digest - and therefore more absorbed

    When you eat it whole, you'll process 1/3 of what you eat....if you're lucky.

    The fact that its ground, means you body doesn't have to work to digest the hull
     
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    goten2000 Tupac's Son

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    yeah i know you're supposed to eat them ground. what i'm asking is do you lose any nutrients if they are ground for such a long time before you eat them vs grinding them right before you eat them.
     
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    No, why would you?

    That's like suggesting that if you were to grind up 10 crackers, the crumbs would have less of a nutritional value.

    Or, if you cut up an apple into 100 little pieces, and then eat them all, that they'll have less of a nutritional value.

    What WILL change nutritional value are chemical processes like heating (thus releasing oil)
     
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    goten2000 Tupac's Son

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    an apple starts to lose its nutritional value once you cut it. is this not what happens to flax seeds?
     
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    :squint:

    yeah, if you let them sit...oxidize... and rot. By the time the lose their vitamins, they're not edible anyways.

    dried seeds/nuts don't oxidize/rot

    you're fine. You can even buy flax seen pre-ground.
     
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    just take fish oils if you're looking for omega 3
     
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    Most men lack the digestive enzyme required to process flaxseed and and other plant sources into GLA and EPA. It' still a decent oil but it's not going to give you the omega 3 benefits like fish or krill will.
     
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    word, this is what i was looking for. thanks.
     
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    We got a bag of that at costco a couple weekends ago, i throw it in my oatmeal in the morning. :yum:
     
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    ya. the only reason you should be going only flax is if you're allergic to fish or vegan.


    your body has to work hard to convert the acids in fish oil to EPA/DHA
     
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