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Why shouldn't you eat too much linseed?

  1. In quark or yogurt, in a salad or in a smoothie: linseed gives it an extra bite. Still, it is better not to eat too much of it. Linseed naturally contains cyanogens. The human body can convert this into the toxic substance cyanide, or hydrocyanic acid.

  1. According to the Netherlands Nutrition Center, a limited and temporary use of 15 to 45 grams of broken linseed per day is not harmful. But do not eat large amounts. A Not only linseed contains cyanogens. Elderberries, bitter almonds and cassava, for example, also contain this substance. If the body converts this substance into the toxic cyanide, people can develop complaints. A high dose can obstruct breathing and cause cardiac arrest.

The finer, the more harmful

  1. The finer the seed is ground, the greater the chance that harmful compounds will be absorbed by the body. That's why it's better to use crushed linseed than ground linseed. The problem is much less of an issue with linseed oil. The cyanide in linseed remains in the pulp when the oil is pressed. Any small residues that remain in the linseed oil do not pose a risk. A

  2. The finer the seed is ground, the greater the chance that harmful compounds will be absorbed by the body. That's why it's better to use crushed linseed than ground flaxseed. The problem is much less of an issue with linseed oil. The cyanide in linseed remains in the pulp when the oil is pressed. Any small residues that remain in the linseed oil do not pose a risk. A



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