If you are just getting to know about the role of essential fatty acids in your health, chances are you have heard of flaxseed, but you have not heard about the difference between common, brown flaxseed, used to make linseed oil, and the tastier, more nutritious golden flaxseed, used in cooking and for making high-quality supplements. Here are five reasons you'll get better results from golden flaxseed vs. brown flaxseed, golden flaxseed grown in the fresh air and uncontaminated soils of the prairie state of North Dakota and the prairie province of Manitoba.
- The big advantage of golden flaxseed is that it tastes better.
- Golden flaxseed is more completely digested than brown flaxseed.
- The biggest of the golden flaxseed benefits is that it can help you lose weight.
There is not a big difference in the essential fatty acid contents of golden flaxseed and brown flaxseed. They both deliver about the same amount of alpha-linolenic acid. But there's a big difference in taste.
Brown flaxseed has an earthy flavor, but it's not hard to imagine how it's used to make organic floor care products. Golden flaxseed has a nutty flavor, and you'll want it fresh ground for cereals, cookies, cakes, pretzels, and even smoothies and salads.
There is a big disadvantage to adding a teaspoon of common, brown flaxseed to your breakfast cereal or smoothie or salad for boosting your essential fatty acids.
Brown flaxseed is hard. It can pass completely through your digestive tract whole. (And if you have diverticulitis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcers, it can let you know it's making its way through your digestive tract as it goes.) Golden flaxseed can pass through your digestive tract whole, too, but there's a reason it won't.
Once you find out how good freshly ground golden flaxseed tastes, you won't have any problem taking the time to grind it fresh for addition to food. It tastes that good.
If you are wary of claims that eating more can somehow help you weigh less, no one can blame you. It's counterintuitive and it's not commonsensical (although we hear it so often we begin to believe it).The benefit of golden flaxseed in your diet is that you use relatively little flaxseed to get a relatively high dose of the alpha-linolenic acid that can rev up your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
You still have to reduce total calories to lose weight. But it you will lose more weight if just a small part of your diet, about an ounce (30 grams) a day, is golden flaxseed.
Golden flaxseed is good for you. And just as importantly, it tastes good! Visit Golden Flax for dozens of ideas for including golden flaxseed in your daily diet.