Both flax and hemp seeds are rich plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids and other valuable nutrients. Flax oil, with a very high content of the essential omega-3 fatty acid ALA, is an excellent supplement but flavor and stability limit its uses. Hemp oil offers a more balanced fatty acid spectrum, including the higher omega-3 SDA; the seeds also provide a reasonably well-balanced protein, significant amounts of vitamin E complex compounds and trace minerals. Their composition, taste, and culinary diversity make hemp oil and seeds a promising staple in the growing North American market for “natural foods”.
Author: Gero Leson, D.Env (USA)
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