Good Hemp Oil vs Flaxseed Oil

Both hemp seeds and flaxseeds are known for their health benefits, which include hearty doses of protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s no wonder that hemp oil and flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) are packed with similar natural goodness, and are a popular choice for kitchen cupboards around the world.

That being said, there are some important differences between hemp oil and flax oil and a few reasons why we think hemp oil is better. A major one for us is that while hemp seed oil has a medium smoke point (which means you can use it for gentle sautéing) flaxseed oil shouldn’t be heated at all. Here’s a breakdown of our thoughts on hemp vs flaxseed oil and a handy table for easy comparison.

Good Hemp Oil

  • Hemp oil is often considered one of the world’s healthiest oils.
    It is naturally rich in omega-3 (including omega-3 SDA, which is a more potent form of the fatty acid).
  • It has one of the lowest amounts of saturated fat and the highest contents of polyunsaturated fat amongst all the culinary oils.
  • It contains omega-6 GLA (usually found in Evening Primrose oil) which promotes healthy growth of skin, hair and nails.
  • It contains an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (a balance of omegas is important to maintain optimum health; an imbalance can lead to diseases including diabetes).

Flaxseed Oil

  • While flaxseed oil contains a higher level of omega-3 than hemp oil, it does not have the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.
  • The omega-3 in flaxseed oil is exclusively ALA (the short-chain fatty acids) and does not contain any SDA, the more potent form of omega-3 found in hemp oil.
  • Unlike Good Hemp oil, flaxseed oil is considered too fragile to be used for cooking and needs to be refrigerated.

Hemp Oil vs Flaxseed Oil

Nutritional value per 100gGood Hemp oilFlaxseed oil (linseed oil)
Saturated fat9.2g9.4g
Polyunsaturated fat78.0g66.0g
Omega-318.7g53.3g
Omega-3 SDA 1.6g0g
Omega-656.6g12.7g
Omega-6 GLA 3.3g0g
Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio
(ideal between 2:1 – 4:1)
3:10.2:1

 

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