So a trial that only lasts 4 weeks, using flaxseed baked into bread and muffins as…

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So a trial that only lasts 4 weeks, using flaxseed baked into bread and muffins as the “Doseage”,  has no verification that they were eaten by a bunch of teenagers proves that flax seed doesn’t work for children to reduce cholesterol.
I call BAD SCIENCE

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Dyslipidemia/39613?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2013-06-05

Flaxseed No Help to Kids with High Cholesterol.

Although eating flaxseed has been shown to reduce cholesterol in adults, it showed no significant benefit for reducing lipid levels in children with hypercholesterolemia, a study reported

Flaxseed and high cholesterol in children would just supply great omega 3 fatty acids.

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7 Responses to So a trial that only lasts 4 weeks, using flaxseed baked into bread and muffins as…

  1. naomi devlin June 12, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    Ha! Bad science indeed. Why were they being fed muffins rather than pure ground flax added to their standard diet? Heated flax doesn’t have the same qualities as raw flax. This type of study is inherently flawed when it only focusses on one aspect of cholesterol reduction. How stressed were the kids? What was their sugar and refined carb intake? What was their monounsaturated fat intake? Were they consuming good quality undamaged cholesterol in their diet? Grrr…

    • Dr. Jean Layton June 12, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Naomi,
      You are so right about raw flax being different from heated flax. There are so many aspects of this trial being poorly designed.

  2. Ray Andrews June 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    They don’t mention if they cracked or ground the flax seed … The body cant process it if the outer husk is intact. You cant just throw the seeds into the dough whole.

  3. Joyce Dillenberger June 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Wow, a 4-week trial of indefinite dosage. Don’t lipid levels usually need longer to respond to dietary input? How can something of such short duration and w/so few ”sample” participants be considered SCIENTIFIC? This isn’t good science at all. Unfortunately, it’s what passes for ”science” a lot these days. It’s people like you and Ed who help raise awareness and keep things honest — because I’m sure this study was ballyhooed as a ”scientific study and proof” when, in fact, it’s blatantly obvious it was neither.
    Keep on raising awareness and providing both good advice and necessary skepticism!

    • Dr. Jean Layton June 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi Joyce,
      I’m always happy to call out bad science, especially when it would eliminate a great food solution to a complex medical problem.
      Thanks for reading.

  4. Jean Layton June 5, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Oh and it was only 32 kids in the study to begin with.

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