Whole Flaxseeds VS Flaxseed Meal or Pre-ground Flaxseed Powder
This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we get: “Why buy whole flaxseeds instead of flaxseed powder or meal?”
“Flaxseed meal” refers to the by-product of the oil pressing process. During this industrial process, the oil is pressed out of the seed and sold as flaxseed oil. The remaining pulp, dietary fiber, and protein is sold as “flaxseed meal”. Unfortunately, what most consumers don’t understand is that much of the heart healthy properties of flaxseed, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, have been extracted into the oil.
Consumers also don’t realize that many of these companies that sell flaxseed meal or oil perform this process in an industrial setting.
Immediately after flaxseed has been processed or pressed the interior of the seed is exposed to air and the process of oxidation begins. Oxidation quickly destroys the medically beneficial compounds such as omega-3 fatty acid that are found in flax seeds.
As is so often the case, mother nature knows best and the heart healthy benefits of “whole flaxseed” that are ground just prior to use is significantly more beneficial than trying to recombine the parts of flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil processed in a warehouse. Research has shown that important medical properities are found in all parts of the flaxseed and the entire seed will provide the maximum benefit.
Our whole flaxseeds are 100% natural, gluten-free and straight from the farm with no secondary processing performed on them. They are grown right here in the USA and are also some of the highest purity available to the public.
When comparing products always be sure to read the product label carefully to determine how natural the product is and whether any post-processing has been done to the seeds.