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Personalize your nutrition.  If you have nutrition questions, this site allows you to chat with Registered Dietitian and Certified Wellness Coach from the Avera Heart Hospital, Nikki Ver Steeg about diet and lifestyle modification.

Personalized nutrition means personal success.

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Q: I have seen in the grocery store the milled flax seed. How does the milled compare to grinding your own?
John,   Tea, SD

A: To ensure freshness and high quality, we would suggest grinding your own whole flaxseeds. If you struggle with finding time to grind your flaxseed, then buying it ground would enable you to still get it into your diet. If you are purchasing the ground flaxseed, purchase this in a dark container instead of a clear bag. This keeps the ground flax from being exposed to light which could decrease it's nutritional value. Whole flaxseeds can be stored at room temperature for at least one year but only for 4 months once ground. While newer research indicates ground flax is much more stable than previously thought, keep ground flax stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator to preserve maximum nutritional value and freshness.

If you have any questions or problems always see your health care provider.


The "Ask the Expert" website is intended to provide its users with general information about nutritional topics through a question and answer format that will enable you to ask a dietitian questions of a general nature pertaining to nutrition issues.  This question and answer forum should not take the place of personal and professional healthcare, and is provided for general informational purposes only. You should only take medical advice from your physician, and if you have health concerns, seek the advice of your primary healthcare professional immediately.  If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911.  The health professional has a right to refuse to answer any question.  Not all questions and responses will be posted for viewing by users of the website, but questions selected for publication will include the questioner's first name and town. If you would not like your name or town included, please enter this information as "withheld."  Please allow up to a week for answers to post.
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