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Flaxseed Hormonal Effect?

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Flaxseeds contain compounds that are converted in the body into ones having weak estrogen-like effects. Find out if these compounds have beneficial or adverse effects in the Concerns and Cautions section of our Flaxseed Review. Also see our Top Picks for whole and ground flaxseed.

Lame Excuse from

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A CL member who asked about its testing of heavy metals in its nuts and other products was told "... we cannot share the results with our customers in compliance with FDA standards." Really? Learn what the FDA said about this when we asked in the Update to our Flaxseed Review.

Also see our Top Picks among flaxseed products.

Cadmium Found in More Flaxseed Products

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Due to high levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, found in tests of flaxseed products reported in January, we purchased and tested seven additional products.

Four products could not be fully approved, due to cadmium contamination -- two of which also had incorrect nutritional facts.

However, three products were fully approved and have become Top Picks, including a whole flaxseed, ground flaxseed, and as a flaxseed cracker.

See the results now in our expanded Whole, Ground, Milled, and Cracker Flaxseed Review.

Ground vs. Whole Flaxseed

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There’s some controversy over whether it’s better to buy whole flaxseed and grind it at home or buy ground flax. See what the evidence suggests in the ConsumerTips section our Flaxseed Review.

We are currently purchasing and will soon be testing additional whole flaxseed products and appreciate the hundreds of suggestions received this week from readers. In the meantime, if you need to purchase whole flaxseed, see our recommendations. Also see our current Top Pick for ground flaxseed.