Hot debate on flax
In “Seed Your Health” (February 2005), the author gives examples of how one can bake and cook with ground flaxseeds. However, when I buy flaxseed oil from the refrigeration unit at the store I have always had to keep it carefully refrigerated. This is supposedly because of the loss of nutrients if the oil heats and deteriorates. So how can one cook flaxseeds and still have the nutrients remain viable?

—Judy Parker, via e-mail

The EFAs in ground flaxseeds remain stable during cooking and baking as long as the presence of water protects them from overheating.

Although the essential fatty acids in flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are quite delicate and oxidize quickly at temperatures above 250 degrees or so, the EFAs in ground flaxseeds remain stable during cooking and baking as long as the presence of water protects them from overheating. “The temperature in bread dough stays below 212 degrees during baking, the same as for other foods that contain enough water,” says Gero Leson, PhD, a scientist who has studied hemp and flax. Still, he adds, “as cooking temperatures and times increase, so does the likelihood of rancidity [from oxidation], so overcooking should be avoided; it messes up the taste, if nothing else.” So go ahead and add ground (not whole) flaxseed to batters, bread dough, casseroles, and burgers, but don’t overcook. For more information, see www.flaxcouncil.ca.

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How to cut calories
You list Spicy Kale-Almond Pesto and White-Bean Pasta (“Most Delicious!” May 2005) as 956 calories per serving. Is that number correct?

—Camille Dunn, via e-mail

Thanks for your inquiry. You’re right. Those numbers are incorrect (you’re not the only sharp-eyed reader who caught our error!). The correct nutritional analysis is:
Spicy Kale-Almond Pesto and White-Bean Pasta
PER SERVING: 465 cal, 39% fat cal, 21g fat, 3g sat fat, 19mg chol, 19g protein, 56g carb, 10g fiber, 640mg sodium

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