View Full Version : soaked flax seed and the goopy stuff?
12-18-2008, 01:05 PM
ok so i know most nuts and seeds release thier enzyme inhibitors into the soak water and after you rinse them the inhibitors are rinsed away. when it comes to flax seed it is impossible to rinse the goopy stuff away. do the inhibitors remain in the goop? if so then eating soaked flax seed is the same as eating ground un soaked flax.... they both have enzyme inhibitors. please advise.
12-18-2008, 01:20 PM
Seeds and nuts. Two different things. The goopy "stuff" from the flax is beneficial. I'll have to look up what that is called.
Here's what I've found so far...
Mucilage is a polar glycoprotein; an exopolysaccharide; a polymer produced by most plants and some microorganisms.
It occurs in various parts of nearly all classes of plant, usually in relatively small percentages, and is frequently associated with other substances, such as tannins and alkaloids.
Mucilage in plants is thought to aid in water storage and seed germination, and to act as a membrane thickener and food reserve. Among the richest sources are cacti (and other succulents), and flax seeds.
Mucilage has a unique purpose in some carnivorous plants. The plant genera Drosera (Sundews), Pinguicula, and others have leaves studded with mucilage-secreting glands, and use a "flypaper trap" to capture insects.
Exopolysaccharides are the most stabilising factor for microaggregates and are widely distributed in soils. Therefore exopolysaccharide-producing "soil algae" play a vital role in the ecology of the world's soils. The substance covers the outside of, for example, unicellular or filamentous green algae and cyanobacteria. Amongst the green algae especially, the group Volvocales are known to produce exopolysaccharides in a certain part of their life cycle.
12-18-2008, 01:51 PM
This is a question I have had for a long time that I have never had fully answered on any board. However, one source stated that the soaking breaks down the inhibitors so they are not longer present after the soaking process. Therefore, using the goop isn't a problem.
12-18-2008, 02:58 PM
I personally find that soaked flax seeds are easily for my body to digset. Unsoaked flax dehydrates me. I don't worry about the goop. As veganforlife mentioned, it's called mucilage, and it's good for you.
BTW, I've cut flax down to just an occassional food (I used to take it everyday) and I've felt much better for it. I think it is more beneficial in small, irregular doses. Too much can cause some really weird hormonal imbalances; your body will let you know when it's had too much. I get my omega-3s from hemp, pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, and seaweeds/algaes.
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