Why Hemp Oil is Better than Flax 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).
- 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 100g||Good Hemp oil||Flaxseed oil (linseed oil)|
|Omega-3 SDA ||1.6g||0g|
|Omega-6 GLA ||3.3g||0g|
|Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio |
(ideal between 2:1 – 4:1)