Export pdf with completely flattened linked images/tables

I am trying to export my thesis as pdf so that the illustrator images which are linked in, are flattened including their text labels.
This document needs to be submitted to examiners who want to scan the word-count of the body text, not the images/tables.
I have looked at other discussions but suggestions have not worked, I can still select the text of embedded images/tables in Preview and Acrobat.
Please can I have some suggestions

Here is one way, You will need to open each Illustrator file, duplicate the original layer and call it "Outlined type". Go to select> Objects> Text objects, then Type> Create outlines. (outlined type won't be recognized as words, unless you ask it to try).
Open your InDesign file, select each linked Illustrator file and go to Object> Object Layer Options, turn on the outlined type layer and turn off the original layer. Keep the original Illustrator layer, in case you need to make future edits.

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