How to Know When Flax Is Rancid

By Dr. Mercola Flax is a food that many may say wasn’t on their shopping list 10 years ago, but because of the healthy benefits it offers, this small oilseed has escalated in the American consciousness. Flaxseeds are much more common in other parts of the world. Cultivated in Babylon as early as 3,000 B.C., Linum usitatissimum (flax) was used to weave strong linen cloth and was ground to add to breads, muffins and cookies. Containing 42 percent fat, 29 percent carbohydrates and 18 percent protein,1 today flaxseeds are acknowledged as a bona fide superfood, primarily due to three key elements: Fiber Omega-3 fats Lignans These and other compounds found in flaxseed are associated with benefits throughout your whole body. Flaxseeds contain more polyphenols than vegetables like olives and fruits like blueberries,2 relating to improved digestion and a lower risk of serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes,3 heart disease and cancer. Being either brown or yellow, flaxseeds are available whol


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