Apparently there is a different kind of flax seed called linola that has ~2% ALA and ~75% GLA the rest are SFA and MUFA. This different lipid profile has also added to its oxidative stability. None of the other nutrients were changed in quantity or quality.
At first glance this appears to be objectively better; less oxidation, more anti- inflammatory.
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on October 22, 2012
at 09:47 PM
as an update to my comment above.
it looks like there is a product sold in Australia that contains Linola, tho its a snack for horses.
"Linola Gloss contains ground Linola seed, Molasses, Psyllium Husks, Barley, Maize and other (secret) natural ingredients. No artificial additives at all. Linola is an oilseed developed by the CSIRO through conventional plant breeding."
edit: just had another quick look around some aussie web sites. it looks like the linola crop is mainly grown for animal feed. Though i did find one bakery which uses linola in some of their foods; google 'linola site:muffinbreak.com.au' if interested
on October 23, 2012
at 01:17 PM
I don't understand. Linola seems to be bred to be high in linoleic acid (LA - omega 6) and low in linolenic acid (ALA - omega 3). Why is this good?
on October 23, 2012
at 12:31 PM
I think the primary concern of solin in this community is that it's another GMO, and I tend to stay away from GMO. And this is not just selective breeding, this is hard core, chemical mutagens processes.
There's been research into how it compares to flax in animals:
There's a lot of blogs, primarily vegetarian blogs, that are very excited about the prospects (so there is some buzz).
For the rest of the SAD community, linseed oil based on solin is still more expensive than canola and other vegetable oils, but the production estimates show it can be reduced a bit to get it more in line with those oils. At that time it will likely be put into all sorts of products that people eat, advertised as "Healthy" -- but they won't know because they don't read the labels!
But in the paleo community, flax is typically not a big player, and GMO is not a big player, so a GMO flax is not going to create a lot of buzz.