Flax is Not Healthy
What the Flax??? The false and ignorant articles claiming flax seeds are a “super-food” that heals all ailments reminds me of the bad information we were sold when soy first entered the mass market.
First off our tradition diet never included flax. Flax was used to make rope and linen. When agriculture took over flax was grown and the seeds were opened to make oil. But not like the oil you think. It was oil for paint and varnishes! Flax oil isn’t saturated so the oils go rancid quickly.
Consuming flax isn’t made for our guts! It is very hard to digest. Even if you decide to consume flax it is a phytoestrogen which increases bad estrogen in your body (remember there are 3 different estrogens that women can have). This phytoestrogen compound reduces sex drive, increase breast size in men and increases estrogen dominant cancers such as thyroid, uterine, ovarian, breast and prostate cancer in men.
List of Phytoestrogens that you should avoid (micrograms of phytoestrogens per 100 grams):
Chia seeds (61,055)
Soy nuts (21,306)
Knowledge is POWER! 10 years ago I believed flax was good. To that point I once thought soy protein was good! But as we search for the truth, we will always let you know!
Here’s to healthy eating!
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3 Nagao, Totani, Munkhjargal, Burenjargal, Miho, Yawata and Yuko Ojiri, “Chemical Properties and Cytotoxicity of Thermally Oxidized Oil,” J. Oleo Sci., 2008; Vol. 57, 153-160
4 Brenna, J.T., “Efficiency of conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to long chain n-3 fatty acids in man,” Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 2002; 5(2):127-32
5 Burdge, G.C., Calder, P.C., “Conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to longer-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in human adults,” Reprod Nutr Dev. Sept.-Oct. 2005; 45(5):581-97
6 Gerster, H., “Can adults adequately convert alpha-linolenic acid to eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid?” Int. J. Vitam. Nutr. Res. 1998; 68(3):159-73.
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