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Old 12-30-2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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Flax Seeds

I just bought a package of Flax Seeds last night. The seeds are smaller then I anticipated. Anyway, the directions on the package say: "Mix 2 to 3 thsp. of flax seed in hot water, let stand for 5 hours. Provides a viscous liquid which should be taken before bedtime and/or before breakfast."
Now, I followed those directions and when I finally was ready to drink it 5 hours later, the seeds were still whole but were softer. My question is - can I drink this liquid, or will the seeds get stuck in my colon and not digest at all. Also, if I can't just drink it, should I chew on the seeds?

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Old 12-30-2004, 01:01 PM   #2
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Re: Flax Seeds

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I just bought a package of Flax Seeds last night. The seeds are smaller then I anticipated. Anyway, the directions on the package say: "Mix 2 to 3 thsp. of flax seed in hot water, let stand for 5 hours. Provides a viscous liquid which should be taken before bedtime and/or before breakfast."
Now, I followed those directions and when I finally was ready to drink it 5 hours later, the seeds were still whole but were softer. My question is - can I drink this liquid, or will the seeds get stuck in my colon and not digest at all. Also, if I can't just drink it, should I chew on the seeds?

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Are you grinding them? I bought a nice coffee grinder at Wall mart for like $12 or something. You have to grind them or else the seeds will not be digested in your system. When you buy them whole, store them in the fridge in a plastic container and they are good for up to a year before grinding them. I would grind (however much you need) the seeds each time you consume them, because they go bad and the nutritional value is useless.

 
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:08 PM   #3
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Re: Flax Seeds

Nope, I have not been grinding them. The package didn't give very good directions. I don't have a coffee grinder atm, but I will buy one when I go to the store. Flax Seeds are small, I always thought that they were at least the size of a raison.

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Old 12-30-2004, 01:36 PM   #4
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Nope, I have not been grinding them. The package didn't give very good directions. I don't have a coffee grinder atm, but I will buy one when I go to the store. Flax Seeds are small, I always thought that they were at least the size of a raison.

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Yah, you definitely have to grind them. BTW, what is the drink for, like the hot water?

 
Old 12-30-2004, 01:53 PM   #5
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Re: Flax Seeds

Why do you need to grind them?

 
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Why do you need to grind them?
Ground flaxseed provides more nutritional benefits than whole seeds. That's because flaxseeds are very hard, difficult to crack even with careful chewing. Grinding breaks them up, making them easier to digest. If whole flax remains unbroken, they may pass undigested through the body reducing the nutritional advantage.

 
Old 12-30-2004, 02:51 PM   #7
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Re: Flax Seeds

The woman in the health food section said to soak them in hot water because it will break the flax seeds down faster. After 5 hours, the flax seeds were still intact, and they were only softer, not broken down.
Grinding them seems like it will be the best solution.

 
Old 01-01-2005, 08:19 AM   #8
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Re: Flax Seeds

You could make DELICIOUS cracker with them. Put a couple of cups of the seeds in a bowl of water and soak for about 5 hours (adding more water if it gets dry). Then, add 1/4 cup soy sauce (or Braggs Aminos - even better) and a good sprinkling of kelp granuels. Spoon tsp of the stuff onto a cookie tray and cook at 250 degrees for about 1/2 hour. Once they look dry, flip over and cook for about 15-30 minutes on the other side. They are absolutely delicious and the kelp add a wonderful sea flavor.

 
Old 01-12-2005, 11:56 AM   #9
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Re: Flax Seeds

When you grind flax seed it releases the abundant omega-6 fatty acids. It also makes it easier to eat as mentioned above! Here is a great website for flax! I use flax all the time in my recipes and recommend it to all my clients.

Enjoy!

[url]http://www.flaxcouncil.ca/recindex.htm[/url]
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Make sure you ******** the PDF Cookbook. It details what flax is, it's benefits as well as many great recipes!
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