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What is flaxseed? What health benefits does it provide?
Flax is an ancient crop. Native to Eurasia, its first recorded use comes from Babylon about 3000 B.C. There, it was cultivated for food and used to make a fabric for clothing. (Linen comes from flax). Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician often called the father of medicine, wrote of using flaxseed for the relief of abdominal pain. Charlemagne, considered one of the greatest of all medieval kings, considered flax so healthy that he passed laws requiring its consumption.
Nutrition researchers have identified several substances in flaxseed that appear to have health benefits: lignans, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. For additional info, visit the Information Center
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Are Foods Alive products Gluten Free? Soy Free? Nut Free? Dairy Free?
For details on this topic, please visit our Allergen Declaration page.
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Are Foods Alive products considered Raw Food?
This depends on your definition of Raw, but the short answer is yes. We also like to use the term Living Food since all of our flax crackers are soaked (which starts the seeds life process) and then dehydrated at a very low temperature to preserve the living enzymes in the flaxseed. You can take one of our crackers, break it up and put it in some dirt, water it, and watch it grow!
Wikipedia's definition: Raw describes a material that is in its natural unprocessed form. Since we soak our flaxseed in water, they technically are no longer Raw, but since we do not heat them enough to destroy the living enzymes, we (and most people) still consider them a Raw Food.
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What is the best way to consume Flaxseed?
Our flax crackers make it easy for everyone to make flaxseed a daily part of your diet! Eat them right from the bag, top them with your favorite spread, use them like croutons on your salad and so much more! Our flax oil super dressings are a delicious alternative to all of the soybean oil salad dressings on the market and an easy way to add Essential Omega-3's to your diet.
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What is the difference between Gold and Brown flaxseed?
Nutritionally, not much. Our reason for using golden flaxseed is taste. Golden flaxseed has a fresher and nuttier flavor, while brown flaxseed can often have a bitter flavor.
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How much flaxseed or flax oil should I eat?
Flaxseed:
Each serving of our flax crackers provides 35-40% of the recommended daily fiber intake. So three (3) servings of flax cracker will provide your body with the necessary fiber it needs. (As you add fiber to your diet, it is very important to drink plenty of fluids, since fiber draws water into the intestines.)
Flax Oil: 1 - 2 tablespoons per day of pure flax oil and/or hemp oil, or 2 - 4 tablespoons of super dressing will provide you will a good amount of EFA's.

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Can I eat too much flaxseed?
As with anything, you have to have balance... Flaxseed contains a good balance of both soluble and insoluble fiber. If you are constipated, flax helps to break down and move things along. If you are loose (diarrhea), flax helps to bulk up and ease things along. Although excessive intakes of dietary fiber or EFA's may interfere with the absorption of some medications, moderate intakes do not appear to pose a problem for healthy adults.
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How long will flaxseed, flax meal and flax oil last?
Whole flaxseed and our flax crackers can last at least one year at room temperature and even longer when kept cold in the refrigerator or freezer.

Flax meal should be made fresh whenever possible to help ensure quality and flavor. Once ground, flax meal can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer to prolong shelf life, but generally should be used within the week.

Flax oil will last around 6 months from the time of pressing and may be kept longer if frozen. Only buy flax oil with a Pressed On date shown on the bottle. Some companies add preservatives to make their flax oil last longer or to make it shelf-stable, but we prefer not to consume preservatives.

The easiest way to tell if your flax products are no longer good is to simply smell them. Because flax seed contains oils that are similar to fish oil, they will start to smell a bit fishy when they are reaching the end of their life cycle.
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Does flax oil need to be shipped refrigerated? Does the shipping time affect the oils?
Very high heat (over 300 degrees) or prolonged heat over a very long time can degrade the Omega-3 oils. However, the relatively short shipment times and variable seasonal temperatures encountered during shipment have been found to be irrelevant when tested. Even shipments arriving during the summer heat waves can be guaranteed as being potent and unharmed.
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Does flaxseed need to be ground up?
Not necessarily, the flaxseed in our Flax Crackers is soaked in water and then dehydrated. Soaking breaks down the hard outer shell and starts the life process. Dehydrating then makes the seed crunchy so you can easily chew them with your teeth. This chewing process also brings your own digestive enzymes in to the equation making the flax even more digestible. However, if you are eating flaxseed that has not been soaked, it is best to grind them.

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Can flaxseed help me to lose weight?
Yes it can help, but just like everything else you need to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. For more info about weight loss, see The Fiber35 Diet by Brenda Watson, C.N.C. and also The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, M.D., FACN. Both of these books talk about weight loss and recommend Foods Alive products as part of your diet.
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What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are essential to human health but they cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained from food. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include extreme tiredness (fatigue), poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.
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Which is better? Flax Oil or Fish Oil?
This is a highly debated topic... Fish Oil contains EPA and DHA Omega-3; while Flax Oil contains ALA Omega-3. While the body can convert ALA into EPA and DHA Omega-3, the conversion amount varies from person to person. We prefer organic Flax oil for a number of reasons; it is a renewable plant source that is organically farmed, minimally processed, and easily replanted; while fish oils can be ecologically damaging, highly processed (to remove heavy metals and other possible contaminates) and fish levels are irreplaceably depleted.
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Can I cook with your Artisan Cold-Pressed Oils?
Cooking with flax or hemp oil is not recommended and really defeats the purpose of Foods Alive taking such great care in pressing the oil at a low temperature. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids are very delicate and high heat will destroy them. But, you can use it after cooking on a number of dishes. Pour yourself a bowl of soup and add some of our gold flax oil to make it a creamy delight. This is great for any soups that call for milk. You can use our super dressings on salads, as a dipping sauce, on pasta or rice dishes, sandwiches, wraps and more. If you find a great way to enjoy our products, please share it with us!
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Does Cacao Powder Contain Caffeine?
Contrary to popular opinion, cacao is a poor source of caffeine. A typical sample of cacao nibs or cacao beans will yield anywhere from zero caffeine to 1,000 parts per million of caffeine (less than 1/20th of the caffeine present in coffee). In February 2008, Dr. Gabriel Cousens discovered in clinical tests on healthy people that Cacao does not elevate blood sugar in the same way as caffeine containing food or beverage. In fact, Dr. Cousens found that cacao has less of an effect on blood sugar than nearly any other food.

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What are all the different Hemp food products you offer?
Hulled Hemp Seeds - The soft inside part of a hemp seed without the shell. These have a great nutty flavor and can easily be ground in to hemp butter (like peanut butter), added to cereals, yogurts, smoothies or casseroles. These contain the good oils and protein, but not much fiber because the outer shell that has been removed. These are sometimes referred to as Shelled Hemp Seeds, Hemp Hearts or Hemp Nuts.
Toasted Hemp Seeds w/salt - These are a crunchy snack that tastes similar to sunflower seeds with the shell on. They contain nearly equal amounts of oil, protein and fiber.
Hemp Protein Powder - Contains virtually no oil and is mostly protein with a little bit of fiber. It is used mostly in smoothies or in baked goods like whole grain flour.
Hemp Oil - Contains only oil without the protein and fiber. Primarily used in smoothies or salad dressings (like our Sweet & Sassy Hemp Oil Super Dressing that contains over 50% hemp oil)
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Will I test positive for a drug screen if I eat your hemp foods?
To assure consumers that eating our hemp foods does not cause a confirmed positive drug test for marijuana, we have partnered with the TestPledge program. Foods Alive is committed to keeping THC levels in hemp nut and hemp oil below levels at which failing a workplace drug test is extremely unlikely, even when eating high amounts of these products on a daily basis. For more information on this program, visit www.testpledge.com.
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Will my order be irradiated during shipping?
No, we only ship UPS or USPS. UPS does not irradiate any packages and the USPS only irradiates packages going to the White House, Congressional offices and federal government offices in the 202-205 Zip Code exchanges.
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Are the plastic bottles BPA free and packaged without the use of Hexane?
Yes, we use BPA free bottles and we do not use Hexane gas when bottling our oils and dressings.
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What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling or oil swishing, in alternative medicine, is a traditional Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth for claimed oral and systemic health benefits. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita, where it is called Kavala Gandoosha / Kavala Graha. It is also used to reduce enamel wear from stomach acid from vomiting. This is usually done with Black Sesame Oil. For more info click here.
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Where are your Goji Berries grown?
Our Goji Berries are produced on Organic farmland in the Ningxia region of China. Ningxia is where the berries have long been commercially cultivated for its superior quality, and to this day, still the most fertile and best area for Gold Standard Goji Berries.
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