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What’s The Skinny on the Super Seeds?  Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds

by Vivian Fleitstra on June 9, 2014

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Both chia seeds and flax seeds top the list of superfoods. They are both easy to add to your salads or smoothies for a nutritional punch.  But is one better than the other?

Let’s compare.

Chia Seeds/2 Tbsp. Flax Seeds/2 Tbsp
Calories 122 80
Protein 4g 3g
Complete Protein? Yes No
Fiber 6.9g 4g
Omega 3 (EFA) 5,000mg 2,700mg
Taste Faintly nutty/ Earthy Whole grain/Nutty
Storage Keep for 2 years Spoil quickly
Versatility Don’t need to grind Must grind
Gluten Gluten-free Gluten-free

Other good sources of 13% RDA

  • Calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium
  • Zinc, magnesium, copper, 15% RDA B1
  • More antioxidants than blueberries

Ch-ch-ch-chia!    The little seed — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black colour — also has a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example.

Benefits of Chia:

  • Combat Diabetes
  • Get more Fiber
  • Increase Omega 3
  • Packed with Protein
  • Fight Belly Fat
  • Fuller Faster
  • Heart Health

Benefits of Flax Seeds:

  • Get more Fiber
  • Increase Omega 3
  • Contains Lignans reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer form.
  • Has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons.

Depending on what source you check out, either could win out. Both are beneficial, easily accessible and easy to incorporate into your daily diet.  Use both.  Each have their own nutritional benefits and are an easy addition to your healthy diet where variety is key.

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Thanks for reading. ~ Vivian.

 

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