Are flaxseeds safe to eat after heating?
Go to the following page of the Canadian Flax Council's , then scroll down to the pdf file entitled Flaxseed: Storage and Baking Stability. That article is a thorough discussion of the research showing flaxseed's stability during heating. I hope that answers your questions in a reassuring manner.
I frequently bake with ground flaxseed, often mixing a small amount of flaxseed into muffins, pancakes or waffles, quick breads, and the like.Consider purchasing the book Flax your way to Better Health by Jane Reinhardt-Martin, RD and also visiting Jane's web site. She will also be publishing a flax cookbook early in 2004.
It is considered *common wisdom* that heating flaxseed OIL is not a good thing to do. I am still tracking down the actual research that validates this information, but in the meantime, I think it is prudent to only use flaxseed oil without heating it.
faq posted 1/04
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