whole flaxseed or ground flaxseed

Whole Flaxseed vs. Ground Flaxseed: Which is Healthier?

Here are a few reasons to love flaxseeds:

  • Flaxseeds are a tasty, plant-based source of ultra-healthy omega-3 fats.
  • Flaxseeds are rich in fiber, so they’ll help keep you regular and your bowels happy.
  • Flaxseeds are rich in essential amino acids, which promote healthy, glowing skin.
  • Flaxseeds contain Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), a type of fatty acid that may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Flaxseeds can even be used to make a great all-natural DIY hair gel!

Now while cruising the aisles of your local health foods store, you’ve most likely come across flaxseeds in two forms — whole and ground.

And some of you may have thought to yourself: “Hmm, which should I choose? Whole flaxseeds or ground flaxseeds? Is one healthier than the other?” 

Well, the answer is: Yes!

Basically, if you’re looking for the “more nutritious” form of flaxseeds, you should go with ground.

Here’s why: Because of their tougher outer shell, whole flaxseeds have the capability to pass through our digestive system without being fully broken down and processed. On the other hand, ground flaxseeds are in a state where it is much easier for our digestive system to absorb the important nutrients like the rich omega 3’s and other key nutrients and antioxidants that can help improve our health and protect the body from disease.

So bottom line, if you want to get the biggest “nutritional bang” for your buck, go for ground flaxseed. Or you also buy whole flaxseeds and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder – this is usually what I like to do. Also, you want to be sure to store flaxseeds in an airtight container and refrigerate any whole seeds you haven’t ground to keep them fresher longer.

Overall, flaxseeds are a very versatile food that can be easily added to countless recipes. For example, many people like to give the usual healthy foods like salads and smoothies an extra nutritional boost by adding in 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed. And if you’re a newbie to flaxseeds who has sensitive taste buds, you’ll definitely appreciate their very mild nutty flavor, which makes it very easy for you to incorporate them into your diet.

Alright ladies, that’s all I got for you today. I hope you enjoyed this post and Stay Beautiful!


Dr. Phoenyx

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