All About Golden Flax Seed
There is disagreement on the value of golden flax seed meal as opposed to brown flax seed. Some say neither is better than the other. Others say golden flax seed meal is the preferred. What all agree on is that flax seed is a healthy, inexpensive, low-calorie food product easily ingested, easily added to recipes and has a pleasant nutty taste. One nutritional site states that neither brown flax seed nor golden flax seed meal is better. Likewise, both are excellent nutritionally. This dietitian states that both brown flax seed and golden flax seed provide ample fiber and lignans as well as more than half of the body's daily dietary required alpha linolenic acid, an important fat for heart health and fitness.
Most Cooking is Done with Golden Flax Seed
While some will prefer to cook with golden flax seed, the brown flax offers identical nutrition. You may find, however, that it is easier to find brown flax seed than golden flax seed in the various natural food markets and health food stores where you shop for groceries. Another nutritional site says that brown flax isn't primarily made for dietary consumption, but rather for commercial use in such products as paints, industrial solvents, and linseed oil. Yuck! Golden flax seed meal, this expert says, is the flax seed commonly produced to be eaten by humans and is preferred by many in their diet because its taste is nutty and buttery. The best quality and most pure golden flax seed is thought to be grown in North Dakota.
You can buy golden flax seed one of three ways - whole, oil, or as flax seed meal. The best nutrition is thought to come from ground flax since it is easier to digest and it also contains the essential fiber content. If you purchase golden flax seed whole you can grind it later at home if you have a grinder. Ground golden flax seed should be refrigerated. If you store it whole, it will keep up to a year without refrigeration. Three tablespoons of ground golden flax seed meal each day is the recommended nutritional consumption. Which means that you probably shouldn't purchase more than 5 to 10 pounds of golden flax meal at one time.
As a nutritional supplement, golden flax seed meal provides zinc, fiber, magnesium, linolenic acid, mucilage, protein, phytosterol, lignan, and fatty acids that are polyunsaturated,