You can read what I wrote to Keren about flax seeds. I don't know the nutritional difference of eating flax seeds over the flax seed oil that you are taking, but flax seeds can be mixed with other foods.
Possibly, you can check this out and see if this is a good alternative for you.
I have come across some bad tasting flax too. It could be the brand. Barlean's is the best I have found. And, make sure you are keeping it refridgerated - it will spoil and then taste even worse.
Assuming you are doing that and have a good tasting one, here is how I use it:
1. On toast instead of butter - my favorite. Sounds strange, but it is good. I have a spelt bread (by Nokomis) I like this with.
2. In a morning protein shake - easy and you don't notice the taste.
3. In yogurt
4. In a salad dressing - then use with salad, veggies, etc.
5. On top of steamed veggies
Aren't cholesterol levels largely controlled by the amount of exercise that we do? If a person consumes "whole grains" and fresh fruits instead of refined carbohydrate products, can this cholesterol level can change to acceptable levels?
I'm not an expert on this, but I feel that a person that eats "natural" foods, that are not processed have a significant healthy advantage over people that eat a lot of this canned and boxed food we find commonly in supermarkets.
Whole grains are things like wheat berries (natural whole wheat seeds), brown rice, oats, flax seed, millet, and barley etc. Most people don't even know what wheat berries are (unless one is a wheat farmer), because a lot of us have known nothing else but white flour our whole lives. The whole grains are very nutritious.
For someone like me that cannot consume a lot of meat, I find these natural foods healthy. With exercise, my cholesterol levels are shown to be excellent. I would expect that a lot of other people that follow this example, also would find their cholesterol levels to be excellent as well.
I had another question. Where do you read or find that fructose, a sugar in fruit, is a major contributor in elevated triglycerides? Is that just fructose that can be purchase as a supplement, or are you referring to natural fresh fruit?
I eat a tremendous amount of fresh fruit, sometimes as much as 8 pieces of fruit a day, yet my triglyceride levels are excellent. Of course, I also abstain from alcohol, exercise, eat whole grains, and emphasize my eating habits around natural foods.
I also still feel that carbs get a bad rap. It's the refined carbohydrates that can create a problem, not the wholesome whole natural grains that we should be eating. Flax seeds are just one example of these whole grains, that are very healthy for us.
It's an interesting subject. I know that there are different people that strongly agree or disagree with what the best diet is, whether it is high in animal products or high in plant foods.
For myself, I prefer the plant-based diet. I eat lots of carbs, sometimes it could be at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. These carbs are commonly natural whole grain cereals, which for me are millet, brown rice, wheat berries, and flax seed.
I looked at your links briefly, and I believe the fructose that they are talking about are the added sweetners for processed foods. This is what Dr. Mercola states concerning this:
"This doesn't mean that one should avoid fruit, however. Eating small amounts of whole fruit will NOT provide tremendous amounts of fructose, and should not be a problem for most people, unless diabetes or obesity is an issue. However, fruit juices, sodas, and other beverages sweetened with fructose should be avoided."
That's pretty much what I thought. I agree wholeheartedly. It's best, I believe, to avoid those added chemicals and sugars etc. in our foods. That's why I won't drink fruit juice from the store. I make my own juice from natural fruit.