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Old 09-14-2011, 05:54 AM   #1
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Golden vs. Brown Flax Seed

I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but I was curious what everyone's opinions are on Golden vs Brown Flax seed. My research seems to indicate that they are nutritionally about the same, but I'm wondering who has actual practical experience using both and could share their thoughts on why they prefer one over the other. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:02 AM   #2
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I think the golden flax meal is MUCH better.

The golden makes for much better looking and tasting finished baked goods. The dark has a, well...a darker flavor.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:29 AM   #3
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Thanks drjlocarb! That was what I was thinking but wasn't sure. I noticed the golden was slightly more expensive than the brown and thats what I went with when I purchased some last night. I'll probably stick to the golden, thanks!
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:35 AM   #4
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The regular is good for adding to smoothies and cereals, etc.
The golden works best in cooking. As a coating it will brown instead of looking black.
Am experimenting with a golden flax hot cereal to sub for oatmeal and cream of wheat based on Birgit's recipe: Birgit's Daily Bytes: Mock Cream of "Wheat" (LC, SF, GF) (hoping the wife won't turn her nose up at it) LOL
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I prefer the dark. To me the golden has a grassy flavor.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:58 AM   #6
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I find the golden tastes a lot milder, almost a graham flavor while the brown is grassy and heavy.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:14 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the extra info - maybe I shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the brown flax - I think i'll pick up a bag of that too and experiment with both! That mock cream of wheat sounds great - that used to be one of my favorite childhood breakfasts! Thanks for posting!
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I don't understand what people have against normal flax! I don't find the golden that different, and it's consistently at LEAST twice the price of the regular...

to improve flax in baking, be sure to try adding oat fiber, purchased here from Netrition. I use about 2/3 flax to 1/3 oat fiber and a bit less than that scoop size of whey protein isolate. when you add some grated squash to that, it makes an unbeatable baking mixture in my opinion.
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I've used both, and don't feel or taste a lot of difference between them.

I like adding them to salads, but I toast them first. In a covered pan, I put a small dab of butter. I then add the flax seeds and heat them up under low heat so I can control the toasting better. I also like adding some garlic powder to them while I'm toasting, I love the taste!

Stir so they don't burn and they mix with the butter and seasonings. Do it quick, then put the cover on....the flax seeds have a tendancy to pop like popcorn! Makes a mess!
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Here's an awesome low carb breakfast I learned from the Heather Eats Almond Butter Blog:

2/3 cup water
pinch of salt
1/4 cup flax meal
2 tbsp. almond butter.

I heat the water first for 2 minutes in the microwave, then add the remaining ingredients for an additional 3 minutes. Stir well and add 1/2 square of unsweetened Baker's Chocolate and sweetener to taste (I use very little). It's awesome!

I use a little HWC on top of this divine breakfast, and since I like texture, I throw in a small handful of cacao nibs.

Total carb count is 6 carbs.

Because I seem to be sensitive to the phytoestrogens in flax, I don't eat this every day, but I sure wish I could.
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:28 PM   #11
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I use flax meal to make muffins and honestly don't see much difference between the light and dark. I love the taste of my flax meal muffins, even when they're made with all dark flax. I make a dozen on Sundays and then pack one up with my lunch for a mid-morning snack. I've given them to co-workers who also love them!
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I prefer the milder taste of the golden flax I get from the bins at Winco. I like to grind them myself in a coffee grinder. I used to get Bobs red mill brown flax meal I don't know if the taste is different if it's fresh ground or not. I will have to get some brown seeds and grind them and see how the taste compares.
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