FAQ: Are there any permitted health claims for flaxseed?



In 2014, Health Canada approved a health claim linking ground whole flaxseed to blood cholesterol lowering, a major risk factor for heart disease. The claim – only one of eleven approved in Canada - was based on evidence that flaxseed intake can decrease total cholesterol by 0.6 to 9 percent and LDL “bad” cholesterol by 3.4 to 14.9 percent. These reductions in cholesterol are related to a one to 18 percent decrease in heart disease risk. To achieve the maximum heart health benefits, it is recommended that we consume 5 tablespoons (40 g) of ground whole flaxseed over three eating occasions in the day.