Linseed is unrelated to wheat or cereals and naturally gluten-free
Wheat, barley, rye, spelt and other cereal grains are all from the same family of plants. They and other relatives einkorn, farro, kamut, and triticale and contain gluten which is the best known anti-nutrient in cereal grains. Oats contain a similar protein to gluten which is called Avenin, whilst it is tolerated by most coeliacs it commonly causes another bowel, digestive and health issues.
Cereal grains seeds also contain a whole load of other aggressive digestion-damaging plant chemicals including lectins.
Linseed is from a completely different family; it contains no gluten or even anything like it and is usually well tolerated even by people with digestive issues. If you have concerns about tolerating linseed, see our page on linseed for sensitive digestions to look at introducing linseed slowly.
A soothing alternative
Use linseed to make breakfasts, porridges, muesli, crackers, cakes, biscuits and breads. Fill up on it, enjoy it. Linseed is rich in mucilage which is soothing and easy to tolerate by the digestive system that has been damaged by wheat or gluten. Check out our ideas in recipes.
Flax Farm is always wheat-free
Because we at Flax Farm are so well aware of the damage wheat can do you can be assured you will never find wheat in any of our products and some are completely gluten-free too.
Join our wheat-free revolution
Linseed which is a seed not a grain and is nutritionally superior in protein, minerals, polyphenols (lignans), essential fatty acids (especially omega-3) and is almost totally free of starches and sugars. So out with the wheat and in with linseed; see how much difference it can make for you.
Benefits of linseed in a wheat-free, gluten-free diet
- Linseed is a versatile food that can be part of your wheat-free, gluten-free meals.
- Linseed is more than just a typical “free-from” food. A lot of “free-from” foods are mainlystarch like teff, potato or rice. Linseed is a rich source of protein, antioxidants and omega-3.
- Linseed can be used to provide important dietary fibre that most people miss out on when they have to avoid grains.
Useful reading on wheat-free and gluten-free:
Flax Farm Recipes
Most of us at Flax Farm and many of our customers have been gluten-free for years and we share the recipes in our recipe section. Linseed has been an absolute boon for us, providing a healthy, high-fibre, high-protein, low carb alternative to the usual gluten-free fours. Just having some linseed and linseed porridge in the cupboard makes it possible to enjoy a great gluten-free diet.
Cordain, wheat & cereals, a double-edged sword
When you try to give up wheat and grains it’s quite common for family and friends to take the micky. Your problems are not all in your mind though grains can have many deleterious effects on the brain, concentration, intellect and mood many people find it even makes them clinically depressed. This is a brilliant paper gives you the science behind the problems associated with grains. by Loren Cordain Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double-Edged Sword. Loren Cordain pdf
World’s Healthiest Foods
World’s Healthiest Foods has a useful article on the difference between wheat-free and gluten-free. Including Q & As about Wheat, Grains and Gluten.
Flax Farm gluten-free, wheat-free linseed.
Flax Farm foods are always completely wheat-free and we have a great range gluten-free foods too. See our whole range:
- Ground linseed great for making your own gluten-free foods, wheat-free breads, crackers and porridges, etc
- Gluten-Free Linseed Porridge, Special Buckwheat and Linseed Porridge with Quinoa (gluten-free, oat-free)
- Gluten-free Linseed Flaxjacks®
- Don’t forget our cold-pressed linseed oil is always gluten-free too
If your gluten-free diet isn’t filling you up try adding a couple of heaped dessert spoons of ground linseed to almost any food for a meal that fills you up in a healthy way.