11 responses

  1. Maina
    June 9, 2008

    i also figured that since flax seeds are tasteless, the powdered seeds can be mixed in dosa/ idli batter, chapathi atta and just abt anything….

    i have a question though…i have a 8 month old son. Wld introducing FS at this time be ok?

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana – Site Dietitian
    June 9, 2008

    Hi Maina
    Your son is not yet ready for it.
    His system is not yet fully developed.Start it in his porridge after he completes one year.
    After one year You should aim for about 2 teaspoons of ground flax seeds or 1/4 teaspoon of flax oil in your sons diet. It contains a good amount of Essential Fatty Acids.
    EFAs are equally important for good health and are vital components of every living cell in the body and are called as brain food for growing children.

    If your son is 8 months old then you should be lactating right now.Lactating moms should get plenty of flax in their diet to promote optimal fatty acid levels in the milk.So your son too will reap the benefits.His requirement of fats is very high now for optimal brain growth.

  3. Amit
    February 10, 2009

    Hi
    I am 25 yrs old and is it ok to just chew 1 teaspoon of it daily instead of grinding it ?

  4. Gunjan Singh
    December 9, 2009

    Is taking flax seed oil/capsule as good as flax seed taken raw/roasted

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      December 11, 2009

      Hi Gunjan,

      Flax seed in the raw or roasted form both provide fiber in good amounts which is good to reduce blood sugars and cholesterol. They also provide the fatty acids need.

      While the oil only provides good fats for heart health. If your diet has adequate fiber, the oil will suffice. But if you want the goodness of fats and fiber, then go for the raw or roasted form.

      • Gunjan Singh
        December 15, 2009

        Thanks Sanjana for this very useful advice. I can see that you are a dietician . I am 35 years old female living in new delhi.I suffer from hypothyrodism (take Thyronorm 50 mgm daily) and is also pre-diabetic. i am also overweight(84 Kgs ,height 5.5). Can you help me? I have started to consume flax seeds daily.

  5. Prabhu
    January 28, 2010

    Hi,

    I bought flax seed and flax seed oil today but i am not sure how to use this in my daily diet (my breakfast is usually cereal). Also will i be able to replace sunflower oil with flax seed oil in daily cooking. Please advice.

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      February 3, 2010

      You can look for my article on flaxseed for more info… But you cannot use replace your cooking oil as it cannot take the temperature…

  6. Dustin Hill
    March 8, 2011

    While it is true that eating whole flaxseed does not break down in the body, however, if they are soaked and dehydrated at the right temperature, the seed shells soften and break down more easily in the body. Pretty cool.

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