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hello,<br><br>
I've read that flaxeeds should be ground, however, I've just bought a package of "roasted" ones which says they do not need to be ground (presumably because they've been roasted?). Does anybody know if I should be grinding my "roasted" flaxseeds?<br><br>
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Roasted nuts and seeds, including flaxseeds, should be avoided. Buy raw next time, ground them and then store them in your freezer. This will ensure that they are kept fresh and will retain their nutrients.
 

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It is much better to grind them yourself. If you buy it ground in the store, they are stored at room temperature. Grind them and then store them in the freezer after you use what you need.
 

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Are the omega-3 fatty acids stable after roasting?<br><br><br><br>
In any case, yep, still grind. Pre-ground is just fine, but grinding them yourself (a coffee grinder works great!) is much cheaper.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Are the omega-3 fatty acids stable after roasting?</div>
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I was thinking the same thing. I know it's OK to put them in baked items like muffins and the temperature inside the muffin only gets up to around the boiling point. But if you roast the flax seeds the temperature might get higher than that.
 

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Roasting or darkening any food with high temperatures causes potent cancer causing acrylamides to be formed.<br><br><br><br>
That is the reason to not roast them.<br><br><br><br>
As Talia mentioned - The healthiest way to consume them is to buy fresh flax seeds, grind them yourself and put them in the freezer until consumption.
 

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Hydrogenation occurs under high pressure and high temperatures. You take oil and hydrogen and put under high heat and pressure and it forces the hydrogen into the oil hence the "hydrogenated".<br><br><br><br>
As ketivnilloc says, it is a completely seperate process.
 

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thanks everyone!<br><br>
here are a few more questions:<br><br>
is there any benefit at all in eating "roasted" flax seeds then, (either whole or ground)?<br><br>
is there any harm in eating them?<br><br>
i have almost a bag full and it seems a waste to throw it all away!<br><br>
any suggestions on how to best get my money's worth??
 

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Roasting or browning any food at high temperatures creates potent cancer causing acrylamide's. I do not think finishing the bag is going to hurt you but long term ingestion of roasted, toasted, grilled foods is not advisable.<br><br><br><br>
I think many will agree that the raw freshly ground flax seeds are healthiest. The raw seeds also have protective anti-cancer benefits as well as the famous omega-3 fatty acids (short chain ALA).
 

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Roasting or browning any food at high temperatures creates potent cancer causing acrylamide's. I do not think finishing the bag is going to hurt you but long term ingestion of roasted, toasted, grilled foods is not advisable.<br><br><br><br>
I think many will agree that the raw freshly ground flax seeds are healthiest. The raw seeds also have protective anti-cancer benefits as well as the famous omega-3 fatty acids (short chain ALA).</div>
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Do you mean any "roasted, toasted, grilled" foods?!?
 

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I do not think you need to worry about eating "roasted, toasted, grilled" foods. Raw nuts, however, are definitely healthier than roasted ones, especially since they are often roasted with hydrogrenated oils. If you prefer them toasted, it's easy to lightly do so in the oven or in a dry skillet.
 

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Do you mean any "roasted, toasted, grilled" foods?!?</div>
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Yes.<br><br><br><br>
Just eat these foods in moderation and definitely don't eat them if you already have cancer.
 

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Yes.<br><br><br><br>
Just eat these foods in moderation and definitely don't eat them if you already have cancer.</div>
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Thanks for the information!
 
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