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FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: mira ()
Date: July 20, 2008 09:30PM

I carry the 3 of them in my fridge... I'm wondering wich one is better (perhaps wich one has more omega 3's ?)

Chia and hemp is quite expensive, and flax costs nothing... !

So if its pretty much the same thing, i'll stick to flax only.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: EZ rider ()
Date: July 20, 2008 10:14PM

I heard that Hemp seeds won't sprout. Are they truly raw ?

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: arugula ()
Date: July 20, 2008 11:05PM

I can get flax for $1.39/lb.

Hemp is about 10x as much so I don't mess with it. Chia, I haven't priced it, but since it's a specialty item it's probably not something I can afford.

You don't need to spend a lot of money. All you need is an overt source of 2-4 g of omega3 per day and no more than 4x as much omega6.

Flax seed freshly ground in a coffee grinder is the absolute cheapest way to get enough. You could get enough from greens alone, but that is much more expensive.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: Sundancer ()
Date: July 21, 2008 08:21AM

Flax -- they're cheap and readily available. I grind some up (2-3 T.) & put it in my smoothie every morning.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: fresh ()
Date: July 21, 2008 12:43PM

none of them are human food

imo

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: Sundancer ()
Date: July 21, 2008 02:40PM

Why not?

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: fresh ()
Date: July 21, 2008 08:42PM

consider the following:

1. what is a food

2. is the assumption that we are deficient in fatty acids without seed/nut supplementation true?

3. that too much is just as bad as too little (too much can easily occur when not eating whole foods)

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: arugula ()
Date: July 21, 2008 08:58PM

Regarding 2,, we don't really know. There is a tendency for vegans to have "too much" omega6 and "not enough" omega3. So we eat these bizarre "foods" to compensate. I don't mind admitting that flax is not something I would choose otherwise. But, it's much more affordable than walnuts, which I adore.

Hwere is a good paper, see especially the section marked "implications of reduced essential fatty acid status"
[www.ajcn.org]

I suspect EFA status is much more critical to the pregnant or breastfeeding mother or to the infant or very young child, than to the adult.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: mira ()
Date: July 22, 2008 11:06PM

ahh... Fresh, are you a 80-10-10?

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: July 23, 2008 02:10PM

arugula Wrote:
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> I suspect EFA status is much more critical to the
> pregnant or breastfeeding mother or to the infant
> or very young child, than to the adult.


YES!!! deficiency is a major cause of postpardum depression. if only regular doctors would impart this info to pregnant and new mothers but they just don't know diddly about nutrition, unfortunately.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: rawangel ()
Date: July 23, 2008 03:11PM

i use hemp now primarily because it has both omega 3's & 6's. i think flax only has omega 3's??? not certain about that and too lazy to google. :-) i also love the flavor of hemp seed milk which i make pretty often. i used to use flax oil alot, and i don't know if it's only in my mind or what, but my monthly cycle is better and i get a little zip in my step if i have hempseed milk in the morning. makes me happy.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/23/2008 03:12PM by rawangel.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: arugula ()
Date: July 23, 2008 10:17PM

I use flax because there is no problem getting enough omega6 from other foods. Most of us get too much omega6 because it's so abundant.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: Bryan ()
Date: July 23, 2008 10:31PM

I use hemp seeds if I am making a pate or a sauce. I also like sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are pretty cheap.

However flax seeds give me a sore throat. If a eat a dehydrated cracker with a bit of flax as a binder, no problem. But one time I found raw plain flax crackers with no salt, and my body did not like that.

I agree with fresh about the need for supplementation is nil if you are eating a raw diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: fresh ()
Date: July 24, 2008 12:31AM

mira Wrote:
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> ahh... Fresh, are you a 80-10-10?


well i'm quoted in the front of the book, so i would say yes but my goal is barehanded (no cutting, blending ) fresh raw whole which is a little beyond typical 811. i need to push that envelope a bit more. thanks for the nudge

seems like a lot of people think they're deficient, and are maybe trying some kind of nutrient insurance, while actually dragging themself down a bit instead via foods that don't make a meal alone.

seems that one might want to work on a fresh whole food diet and see how that goes. very few people do that first i suspect, although quite a few here seemingly eating real well from previous food diaries.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: mira ()
Date: July 24, 2008 12:10PM

you could actually chew on the flaxseeds then...

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: Sundancer ()
Date: July 24, 2008 12:50PM

...Then they would get that snotty texture and get caught in your teeth and maybe not be metabolized as efficiently as ground ones. I am still transitioning and feel like adding a few T. of ground flax to my smoothies gives them a nutritional boost.

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Re: FLAX vs. HEMP vs. CHIA
Posted by: mira ()
Date: July 24, 2008 04:40PM

...exactly!

But its the way to eat them if you don't want to grind them

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