84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2007
This is great stuff! I did research on the benefits of flaxseed and with some reservations, decided to give flaxseed a try. I am beyond thrilled I gave it a try. I have been grinding it and mixing it in my protein shakes. Not only is it filling (very high in fiber and protein), but it tastes great! In addition to thickening my shakes, it gives them a nutty flavor. And the best part is I am no longer constipated! I am looking forward to broadening my use of flaxseed. Those looking to improve their health and diet must give flaxseed a try. Remember to keep it refrigerated for its nature is sensitive to rancidity.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2011
Amazon prime is selling organic flax seeds at eight a pound. This is half the cost but you get more so unless you will be consuming it immediately, insure to double bag and keep it away from light, moisture and air for freshness since it contains oil.
OILS: Rancid is a process of mother nature and has nothing to do with organic, conventional, GMO or the type of seed since rancid has to do with oil. It is not important if the oil or the tablet is even frozen at the time of production till you consume since any seed, and I mean any type of seed regardless of the brand will go rancid once ground and cracked open since the shell, the protection is removed which will allow air and moisture access the oil of the seed much quicker than when the seed is in a complete un-hulled form. The best example of rancidity is brown rice. Place some brown rice in freezer and you will notice in few months it will not even cook since the oils have gone rancid even if it was kept in a sealed container in the freezer regardless. Chia is the only seed that does not need to be ground in order for human body to digest and get the nutrients and can be stored for longer time than any other seed without going rancid. Sesame seed, flax seed, etc. are so dense that will pass through human body when not ground making it absolutely worthless since human body can not digest it in its natural form.
FIBER: Fiber is essential for body since fiber absorbs the unwanted liquid in the gut and body has to defecate that blown up fiber which in return lowers cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, etc. and brings comfort and efficiency to human body unlike fat which stays in human body unless needed for energy. Flax is high in fiber.
MINERALS: Flax is one of the kings of nutrients when it comes to minerals and so important to me as a whole delicious seed; highest ALA, high magnesium, high potassium, calcium with the healthiest fat.
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FRESHNESS: Fresh means nutritious and delicious. I consume lots of seeds, beans, grains, vegetables, etc. and freshness is a priority regardless of the brand so I always purchase my food ingredients in small quantities from reputable sellers with high turnover. When fresh, food is nutritious and that goes for any food in any form, from frozen to canned. Fresh food is nutritious as well as delicious since nutrients give food its delicious taste. When old or rancid, nutrients are gone and any food item becomes an empty calories with no taste and absolutely worthless regardless of the brand or price, organic or conventional. For few years I consumed seeds in oil form since physicians advised me to do so not knowing that majority are not aware that seeds hardly offer any nutrients unless; seeds are fresh, not old which means rancid, not in oil form, not in supplement form, not hulled, ground and consumed within few days, kept in dark cold temperatures, away from light-sun-moisture since the oil in seeds and nuts go rancid regardless. That is why brown rice which has its nutrients will go rancid even if kept in freezer while white rice will last for years at room temperature since it hardly has any nutrients or oil. I ground in my coffee grinder sesame, flax, chia, amaranth, hemp then add cocoa, isolate protein, soy milk and consume it before my workouts on daily basis for its vitamins, minerals, protein and many nutrients, without much spike in my glucose. Un-hulled seeds are full of nutrients. I never consume hulled seeds which are empty calories, absolutely worthless since the nutrients have been removed.
OMEGA-3: You will never see ALA on any fish you purchase. Infact you will never see ALA on any fish oil supplement either, you will only see EPA and DHA. ALA is not the same as EPA or DHA. That is true for any brand of flaxseed regardless if such flaxseed oil is in solid form, oil form in a bottle or in a capsule form. Greens, veges, nuts, seeds and fruits do not offer any Omega-3 in form of EPA/DHA since omega-3 EPA/DHA is an animal source. There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plants the other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. There is no proof what percent of ALA gets converted by human body to EPA or DHA. You can consume all ALAs that you want and depending to your genes it may never turn any into omega-3. Blood test is the only way to see the affects. I get omega 3 from sardines although flaxseed is an important part of my diet since flaxseed offers so many nutrients. Flaxseed offers more ALA than chia for $1.99 a pound not $15 a pound, 22.8gr vs. 17.8gr.
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2008
Until recently a local health & nutrition store carried Bob's Red Mill products, no one else has it. I was thrilled to find it on Amazon, and even happier when I saw the price. It is much less expensive to order through Amazon, and even fresher than buying in a store.
All of Bob's Red Mill products are of high quality and very fresh. An excellent company to buy organic products from!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2011
I have bought flaxseed from a lot of places, but this is one of the most reasonable in terms of ease and cost. Yeah, there are occasional bits of things in with the flaxseed, but I have bought bags from other places which were far worse and, so far, Bob's Red Mill has not sold me a bag where the seeds had gone off already.
Flaxseed is a wonder for digestion and generally good for you. I keep mine in the fridge and grind up a batch each week (also kept in the fridge). This reduces the chance of the oils in the flaxseed going "off." (I have had some which did, and if the flax tastes funny and not gently nutty, then get rid of it.) Don't buy the pre-ground stuff because it can go bad much more quickly.
Bob's Flaxseed is now something I buy on a regular basis.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2010
Product is great.
With that said, make sure and check your local supermarket price for this item first. I have become so accustomed to getting deals on Amazon that sometimes I don't even compare costs. Winds up that the regular price for one package of this item at my local supermarket is $2.99. Could have gotten a bag for free and had money left over had I just checked while I was doing my regular shopping.
Like Costco, Amazon doesn't always wind up saving you money.
32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2009
I'm hooked on this stuff!
I keep some ground in the fridge alongside the whole seed... dump it on any kind of cereal for a fiber/omega infusion.
I've added it to so many recipes, from banana bread to mac n'cheese, you'd think I was nuts!
As it turns out, I find the addition to be mild/complementary enough that you can get away adding flax to so many things.
Salad or cereal are obvious choices but it is a pleasant mellow addition to pasta sauces, mac n'cheese, cookie recipes, you name it.
And it works!
My buddy didn't believe me until he added it to his morning oats... he had been having some intestinal issues, let's just say, and now he's as regular as an atomic clock haha.
Sort of showing off, I took a handful of seed and popped 'em in my mouth, and started munching away. I thought I might regret it but they were great! Easily satisfy any craving for a nutty snack and there's something satisfying about grinding the seed in your mouth... I know, I can be extreme. But these are just so PLEASANT.
And you get a whole lot for cheap... try Prime and Subscribe and Save (you can always cancel) and you get a lot for a little.
I was going to give some away as gifts but they kind of make you want to horde them.
Easiest fiber infusion ever.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
I have been eating these seeds more than ten years. I use coffee grinder to grind them as needed and store in my refregerator. I mixed two spoons of ground flaxseeds with one spoon soy lecithin granuels in my cereal(oatmeal) every morning. It gives me so much energy for entire day work. People always comments me that I look 10 to 12 years younger than my age(50). I always tell them eat more oatmeal,flaxseed and soy lecithin everyday regularly. You will see the difference yourself. It is always cheaper and fresh product to buy from amazon.