Ground Flaxseed vs. Flaxseed Oil

My coach’s green smoothie recipe includes 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil. But when I went to pick some up, the ground flaxseed was so much cheaper than the oil that I got the ground, thinking it might be as good as the oil. Turns out there is a bit of healthy debate on this matter out there on the Internets, and here’s the response from my coach:

The ground flax seed has less Omega oils per gram, and that is what we really want out of that oil. Taking in Omega oils for several weeks will significantly reduce inflammation.

If you look on the back of the nutrition guide for both the ground and oil, how much ground would you have to put in to get the same amount of Omega oils? AS long as you can get a similar amount, I don’t see a problem, but my guess is that you will have to put in a bunch of ground flax to equal 1 Tsp of oil.

However, if you read that article I linked to above, there are some claims out there that the ground flaxseed does indeed cause problems. It would seem to me that for my purposes, the oil is the safe bet, so I’ll be sticking with the oil from now on, once I finish this bag of ground flaxseed that I bought…

  • Darrell Burns

    It’s easy to be confused by all of this…after reading through your linked article and several others, I’m almost convinced I should use 3 tablespoons of flax seed and 1 tablespoon of flax oil, just so I get the best of both worlds :)

  • http://www.theflaxseedstore.com Ground Flax Guy

    I think that ground flax is better because you still get enough omega oils from it and all the fiber and everything. I have also read a couple articles saying that flax oil could have some negative side effects.