Flaxseeds pair well with so many foods and have many nutritional benefits that you may be missing out on if you don’t grind those seeds. Are You Eating Flaxseeds the Wrong Way? ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that if you eat the seeds whole, they could pass through the intestines undigested. Grinding the seeds allows the nutrients to pass through the digestive tract and get absorbed.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra adds that once the seeds are ground and exposed to air, they can oxidize, so she suggests storing them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says to grind them yourselves instead of buying the pre-packaged ones to get the best health benefits.