How does Flaxseed Oil Extract powder compare to liquid oil?
For the last few years, I have watched with great interest the development of a viable flaxseed oil extract powder. At long last, it has reached the point where it is a viable alternative to liquid oil.
Why make an extract?
The major reason is stability. As you probably know if you've hung around here for any length of time, virgin organic, cold-pressed oil is very sensitive to rapid oxidation. The only way to maintain even a few months' stability is to maintain an environment of no light and no oxygen, more the latter. Heat is not as much a factor until we get to very high temps. Now the light issue is pretty easy, it goes from the press to a container. But preventing exposure to air is more challenging. We have always utilized a nitrogen flushing system. Nitrogen is an inert gas, it makes up about 75% of the air we breathe. It also has zero impact when commingled with foods and oils that are reactive to oxygen. It is also heavier than oxygen. So when it is added to the flaxseed oil during bottling, it reduces the oxygen content to an acceptable <5%, thus giving it longer shelf life. Of course refrigerating it also adds some time but it is only weeks, not months after it's exposed. So all this makes producing flaxseed oil correctly a very time-consuming, expensive endeavor. Most commercial oils that advertise they are organic and cold-pressed do not mention whether they are refined or unrefined.
Today, we have become so health conscious that we cannot afford to consume anything which does not hold healthy elements in it. The same is the case with edible oils.
There are a few points of difference between refined and unrefined oils. People consume both kinds of oils in their food.
The agenda of discussing and examining the distinction between the two oils is only to be sure of which one is more beneficial and advantageous for all of us to consume.
Points of difference between refined and unrefined oils
- Refined oils lack the presence of natural nutrients.
Unrefined oils have got a good proportion of natural nutrients in them.
2. Extra aromas and flavors are added to refined oils once they are taken out from the seeds. There are no added flavors or smells in unrefined oils.
3. Refined oils are exposed extensively to heat during the procedure of extraction. Unrefined oils have minimal exposure to heat during the process of extraction.
4. Refined oils are extracted by using chemical methods.
Unrefined oils do not involve chemical methods in the process.
5. Refined oils are washed out or decolorized and deodorized to remove the unwanted smell from the oil.
Unrefined oils are not at all bleached or washed out and deodorized. They contain the natural smell of the seed.
So clearly, if you want your flaxseed oil, or any other edible oil, to be of maximum benefit, it should be unrefined.
If you are in the business of producing edible oils, like me, you must produce your product as refined if you want to enter the mass market and make millions of dollars. Bionatures has never been that kind of company. We have always been a small company, producing small batches often to maintain the integrity of the product. That is where we will stay.
How does the flaxseed oil extract compare nutritionally to the liquid oil?
This is why I'm excited about this new form of oil. In multiple analyses, the extract matches almost exactly with the nutrient values in our unrefined oil. Same Omegas 3,6, and 9 in the same ratios. The difference is it will last a lot longer on the shelf without going rancid, is easier to store, package, and ship which saves money. It can also be used to make a variety of foods, like protein powders or snack foods.
The Bottom Line.
Bionatures will be introducing some exciting new flaxseed oil products very soon. As always, quality will be our first consideration. Keep an eye on your email as I will be offering some free samples to our subscribers. In the meantime, stay healthy, happy, and be kind to everyone. We will chat again soon.
Very warmly yours,
Mike Minarsich for Bionatures