Flaxseed vs. Linseed

Amy Beney MS RD CDCES
Updated January 2, 2024

Are Linseeds the same as Flaxseeds?

That is a great question, are linseed the same as flaxseed?

You may want the answer to this because they are nutrition powerhouses that can supply a great plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein? Look no further than linseeds or flaxseeds. But are they the same thing? Are flaxseeds same as linseeds?

Let’s find out.

A pile of linseeds

First things first.  What are linseeds?

Linseeds are also known as flaxseed. They come from the flax plant, also known as Linum usitatissimum, which belongs to the Linaceae plant family. The flax plant is a small, beautiful, single-stemmed annual that grows to about 2 ft (0.6 m) tall and has grayish-green leaves and sky-blue flowers.

The health benefits from linseeds are attributed to the omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber they contain.

Are there any differences between flaxseed and linseed?

Some may think there is a difference between flaxseed and linseed due to the difference in possible uses of flaxseed oil vs linseed oil. Many believe that flaxseed oil is the only edible form and linseed oil is used commercially. Linseed oil can be used commercially as a preservative for wood, concrete and as an ingredient in paint. Linseed oil and flaxseed oil can both be consumed if used in the form that is suitable for human consumption.

What are the nutritional benefits of flaxseed?

Nutrition in 1 tablespoon of flax seed

Nutrients
Calories37
Protein1.3 grams
Carbs2 grams
Fiber1.9 grams
Total Fat3 grams
Omega 3 fatty acids1,597

Linseed versus Flaxseed Benefits

Since flaxseed and linseed are great sources of fiber, they can be used for constipation, help manage blood sugar, and create fullness after a meal. Other health benefits include reducing the risk of dementia and inflammation, lowering blood triglycerides, and reducing CVD due to flaxseed, which contains great plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids. A diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein, such as flax seeds, may help with weight loss. The recommended amount of flaxseed or linseed is 1-2 tablespoons daily.

The battle of linseed vs flaxseed. Who won?

There appears to be no significant nutritional difference between flaxseed and linseeds.  They are from the same plant and are the same nutrition powerhouse.  So yes, flaxseed can be used for linseed, and linseed can be used for flaxseed.  

How Do I Eat Flaxseed?

 

You can use linseeds instead of flaxseeds. They are a fantastic addition to bread, pancakes, breakfast cereals such as oatmeal or cream of wheat, baked goods, smoothies, yogurts, salads, etc. They can be eaten whole or ground up, or they can be purchased already ground. Flaxseeds are available in most grocery stores, in several different aisles, or in other places where you get groceries.

Ways to include flaxseed into your diet.

  • Try ground flaxseeds and put them in baked goods or cereals.
  • Try whole flax seeds in salads or yogurt.
  • Add flaxseeds to smoothies.
  • Remember, the recommended daily amount is 1-2 tablespoons a day.