Medifast recipe for Flax Seed Meal ?

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The other thread was just too much fun to tack this on so here is the revised version of this tip of the day:.

Eat to Lose the Heat.

If youre wary of taking prescription medication to help ease hot flashes, consider adding these to your diet:Phytoestrogen-rich foods: Plants containing estrogen-like properties can help regulate hormones and ward off premature aging. Your kitchen may likely be stocked with some of them: Broccoli and spinach are great while on the 5&1 Plan. While on maintenance, consider carrots, pears and apples.Flaxseed Oil: These tiny brown seeds release potent phytoestrogens called lignans. Their high fiber content helps flush out excess estrogen from the body, and may aid in the prevention of colon and breast cancers. Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, author of Hot Times (Avery, 2005), calls flaxseed oil her number one defense for hot flashes.Good fats: Omega-3 fats are good estrogen-tamers. Rich sources of these fats include cold-water fish (salmon) and flaxseed oil..

Replacing the word seed with oil no longer makes this statement true. Furthermore, it is now mis-quoting Ann Louise Gittleman who stated, "These tiny brown seeds have a nutty flavor, and when ground up, release potent phytoestrogens called lignans.".

So I did a little quick research and found: Flaxseed is by far the richest dietary source of plant lignans. Lignans are not associated with the oil fraction of foods so flaxseed oils do not typically provide lignans unless ground flaxseed has been added to the oil..

The other five sources I checked support the above statement..

So there you have it!..

Comments (14)


Thank you for your research. Overall, I appreciate the information from Medifast but I really am glad that some of us double check it. What you found out makes sense..


Comment #1

Hopefully it helps with the night sweats, too. I seem to only have problems at night. I wake up in the middle of the night and have to throw off all my covers....wait a few minutes....cover back up and go back to sleep. It doesn't happen every night, but often enough that it's a bother. I take black cohosh daily, but if the flaxseed helps, too, maybe I can eliminate the night sweats completely. And, if it keeps me regular as well - sounds like a plan to me!..

Comment #2

Good catch. I for one will not give up my flax seed. I've actually been cold instead of having the hot flashes. Not sure which is better, but I take it for other reasons than hot flashes. Being in peri-menopause, I need all the help I can get. If I get added health benefits, so be it!..

Comment #3

OMG! For a long while I was having hot flashes but when started Medifast that seem to eleviate. Now I get cold all of the time and I live in Maui! I'm still having peri-menopasal symptoms?? I woke up very tired and fatigued today, dizzy even. After being up 4 hours I feel like I need to have a nap. Is this related or a Medifast thing?..

Comment #4

There have been a lot of studies on hot flashes and how soy may provide some relief. Considering that Medifast products contain soy that may help. I know mine are very few and far between now, but they were never that bad in the first place. Maybe, because I'm heavy I was used to being hot all the time..

A lot of people complain of being cold. I remember my first two weeks, I was freezing all the time. Nutrisystem posted a comment on being cold and it has a lot to do with having so few calories..

About the tired thing: again, I don't know if it's because the body isn't getting the fuel it was used to and runs low on energy or what. I do remember it took a while for my body to get used to it's new "lean & mean" supply of fuel...I think it's still not happy sometimes!..

Comment #5

Sue...Just because I am ORNERY and clearly a bad, bad MediRebel, I bought the WHOLE FLAX SEEDS today. Yup, had them in a muffin. Yipppieeeeee Lignans here I come...

Comment #6

Bettina, Bettina, what are we going to do with you?? Please scroll up to the first post and read: "These tiny brown seeds have a nutty flavor, and when ground up, release potent phytoestrogens called lignans." So...taking a line from the Seinfeld tv show about the soup guy: "No lignans for you!" You DID have some great fiber and EFAs though which are great in the smoothage department...

Comment #7

Fine. I will do both Sue. Why does everyone treat me like a CHILD? Hmmmmm. Well I have ground and not ground. Someone else said to "clean the pipes" with the whole ones. Sticking tongue out at you.

I can do both. Love ya' B..

Comment #8

OOOOO, I remember the soup n*zi (I will not spell it out, since we all know what happened last time). People had a sense of humor about that. Maybe the critics on these boards weren't Seinfeld fans?..

Comment #9

Great well I will have a nice MediP**P then. Jeez...

Comment #10

Ummm...the classy term is "smoothage." Didn't you ever watch Archie Bunker?? He had all kinds of classy terms (or was that classic?) LOL..

Comment #11

Fine, Susan, I will have a lovely MediSmoothage...Glad I could be classy about it...

Comment #12

So, flax seed for MediRoughage? And a Magic Bullet for a MediSmoothage?..

Comment #13

Robyn your contrast are lovely and poetic! I got the Magic Bullet, now I just need to get the FLax Seeds to get the, er.... roughage!..

Comment #14

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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