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I've been eating alot of raw flax seeds crackers from goraw.com.
I have two questions, to which I haven't found any answers from my own research:
Are flax seeds a natural laxative? (because it sure seems that way)
Is there anything in flax seeds which would cause a soreness in my throat/esophogas (similar to an acid reflux type feeling)?
10-17-2006, 08:13 AM
After wading through considerable research I believe that flax can be beneficial in smallish amounts. I enjoy flax in moderation.
However, flax does contain hydrogen cyanide (ie cyanide). A University of Toronto study recommends to keep flax intake under 50 grams a day (that is a little less than 2 ounces), they seem to cite that as the threshold after which you get into deleterious territory. Studies for animal feed show 3% of the diet as the point after which you start to show negative rather than positive effects.
if you want more details you can banana: flax cyanide.
Flax is great for some other reasons, we all know about the omegas, maybe even cancer fighting lignans, etc., something that people also don't seem to be aware of is that it is EXTREMELY high in protein, so it's also useful if you think you're needing to increase protein. So I'm not dogging flax on the whole, and it appears it's better to eat some versus none, I'm just saying that there are serious reasons for concern at eating huge amounts of the stuff.
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