Ground vs. Whole Flaxseeds

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on May 5th, 2013

Flaxseeds are sold in 2 versions, whole and ground.  So which one should you buy?  Actually, the nutritional content does not vary at all.  However, there are 2 things to consider:

  1. Whole flaxseeds are harder to chew and may pass through your digestive system without ever being digested
  2. Ground flaxseeds will lose their freshness much sooner

What do I do?  I actually buy them whole, store them in the freezer, and grind up what I need in my Magic Bullet or coffee grinder.

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