Group active since Wed, Jan 26, 2011
It's always been a struggle for me to to find a balance between healthy cooking/eating and those hard to resist meals that are not so good for you. I LOVE flavor. I wanted to be part of a group that could identify with these struggles, could offer support to each other, and could share healthy, tasty recipes & ideas.
Dec 6, 2014
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 (Great Plains Flax) whole flaxseeds are 100% natural, gluten-free and straight from the farm with no secondary processing performed on them. They 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.
Mar 22, 2014
Dec 27, 2013
I just joined the group today and still looking around your cool site.
My husband is a double transplant (new kidney and pancreas transplant 9/18/1990. He had his 6 month check up the first of December and said his potassium level is high, so for now no potatoes, no tomato products, no bananas and no orange juice.
I have been surfing online for some low potassium recipes with the nutrition count. Also I added an app to my cell phone named "Fat Secret" free app to put on cell phone and you can enter foods to find out nutrition and click on view full to get more nutrition values. You can also log in your food per meal to obtain the calories and nutrition count.
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 27, 2013