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#1 Old 05-15-2007, 10:05 AM
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While is sit enjoying my Arrowhead Mills Organic Hot Cereal, 4 Grain Plus Flax, I wonder why they focus on the flax. The ingredients are Organic Whole Cracked Wheat, Organic Steel Cut Oats, Organic Whole Rye Grits, Organic Whole Barley Grits, Organic Flax seed. Not only is flax the last (smallest amount) ingredient, but the flax is also whole seeds. In order to get the nutritional value of flax, I believe the seeds need to be ground. So many cereals and bars I see do this. So, what's the point? Do we really need to see the flax seeds? It seems like a waste to me.
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#2 Old 05-15-2007, 10:09 AM
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I agree with you.
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I thought it didn't work if it was cooked either. Is that true? I know you have to grind them but I also heard that you have to eat them raw.
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I saw another brand (don't remember the name right now) that did the same thing - whole flax seeds on the outside of the bread, and focused on the flax in the name of the product. Apparently, some people like the taste that the flax seeds give the bread - kind of like putting poppy seeds on the outside of a bagel for no nutritional reason.



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#5 Old 05-15-2007, 11:29 AM
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I thought it didn't work if it was cooked either. Is that true? I know you have to grind them but I also heard that you have to eat them raw.



on a bottle of flax oil that i have it says you can safely heat up omega-3s up top 350F. but the bread was most likely baked at a higher temperature anyway
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#6 Old 05-16-2007, 03:38 PM
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yeah. i mean, they sell ground up flax seeds that you can put in muffins and such, and if they're baked to a certain temperature, they still hold their nutritional value. i think the ezekiel brand breads are cooked to maximize nutritional value in the product, so maybe check those out if you're looking for that. but otherwise, i do agree. i think again it has more to do with the texture and the flavor that flaxseeds have, over their nutritional content.
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can i ask something here.......... i eat LSA a mix of linseed , almond and sunflower seeds...... would this all be raw and would the flaxseeds be benifisial? im not sure if there ground but its pritty fine in texture the whole mix?
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#8 Old 05-18-2007, 03:38 PM
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specialk12, is it a granola, or is it just a mix of raw nuts and seeds? if so, adding ground flaxseed to it would do just fine, and be beneficial. just so long as they aren't toasted above 350, you can even do the whole seed as well.
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its already mixed its says .......... linseeds,sunflowerseeds,almond meal thats it and im wondering if i will get the benifits from the linseeds and if its raw....... it doesnt really say?
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#10 Old 05-20-2007, 08:15 PM
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if it's sort of a snack mix that you eat without doing anything to, they probably roast the seeds beforehand. your best bet is to contact the company who puts them out, and ask them if they're raw. if they aren't, you could ask if they were cooked above 350 degrees, so as to keep the full nutritional benefit. if they were, then they really don't serve too much good, although i don't know if they're just ornamental/there for texture by that point.
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