I've used flaxseed in some form or another for many, many years. To use seeds, they must be ground (or they pass thru whole and you get no benefit). You can do this in a coffee grinder, I've been told. You can also buy them ground but if you do, keep them in the fridge because seeds go rancid quickly (free radicals!), and even more quickly if ground. For this reason, I've always been skeptical of buying the meal.
I've come to the conclusion that I like taking the oil by tablespoon best. It's quick and easy. (It emulsifies easily too, so you can mix in into drinks or yogurt if you prefer.) To get equivalent benefit from seeds you need to eat anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup a day, and I know I won't do that. If I'm in the mood for cereal or oatmeal in the morning, I don't want it corrupted by flaxseed!
Someone said they need to put weight on. A great smoothie for weight gain is a high quality plain yogurt, 1-2 raw eggs, crushed ice, strawberries, bananas, honey to sweeten, and flaxseed oil. I promise you can't even taste the oil.
Grateful for everyone's help here!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.