There is a lot of debate going on right now about whether organic flax seed products are better than your ordinary flax products. So what's the difference anyway? Well, for one, organic flax seed is grown in organic farms that practice traditional farming methods. They are not treated with pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals. As such, they are considered a "premium" product with a price to match. The thing is, are these organic seeds really worth the extra that you pay for them?
What Organic Farmers Will not Tell You About Organic Flax Seed
As much as I'm a firm believer in organic produce and organic farms, personally I just do not see that there's any big difference between organic flax and your normal variety. I may be wrong, but the main reason why anyone would consume flax products is for the Omega fatty acid content and there's no discernible difference in the levels of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 in the organic variety as compared to the non organic. Sure, there's the pesticide factor and the way that the plants are fertilized and all that, but at the end of the day if I'm consuming flax seed oil, then I would imagine the seeds would have been cleaned beforehand before being processed into the final product.
Do not get me wrong, when it comes to dairy and produce, I'm definitely all for organic. The thing is, in the case of this seed there's really no reason why we should be paying the premium price for it. In terms of nutritional value, as I mentioned, I really do not see the difference. Even the organic food standards are somewhat vague on answering the question of "why should I buy organic flax anyway?" So I'll still be buying the normal variety of flax seed oil until anyone can convince me otherwise.
The Taste of Organic Flax Seed Vs Non Organic
When all is said and done, some die hard organic product buyers will point to the notion that organic foods taste better than the non organic version. Now this may be true in the case of milk, vegetables and even meat in some cases, but in the case of this seed, I really doubt that anyone adds it to their food to tantalize the taste buds. So when all is said and done, save yourself a few bucks on your organic seeds and buy non organic instead.