They’re flax seeds. In developing our Multigrain Pancake Mix we wanted to create a healthful and delicious product. In addition to the eight whole grains we added flax seed for their added benefits (See the benefits of whole flax seed). Although we are well aware of the advantages of ground flax seed we decided to include whole flax seed (the bug looking stuff) because of its longer shelf life.
According to the Flax Council of Canada, “You can store clean, dry, good quality flax seed at room temperature for up to year.” As opposed to the ground flax seed, George Mateljan Foundation on World’s Healthiest Foods.com states that “…once flaxseeds are ground, they are much more prone to oxidation and spoilage.” Therefore, ground flax seed has a shelf life up to 3 months when stored in a refrigerator according the Cleveland Clinic. For that reason we opted to chose the whole flax seed. Enjoy all those flax seed bugs.