Many of you have heard of flaxseed and how nutritional it is, but have you heard of chia seeds and how beneficial it is? Here are a few differences of flaxseed vs. chia seeds which one is better for you?
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Flaxseed Vs. Chia Seeds Which one is better for You?
- First and foremost, flaxseed is a wonderful source of fiber. Fiber seems to be the hardest nutrient for me to grasp and it’s so important for us women to get our fair share each day.
- Flaxseed is loaded with essential fatty acids (“essential” – meaning that they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them)
Note: It’s been written and noted that flaxseed can cause bloating so you’ll want to start out small (1 TBL or less) and build up. Also, very important – flaxseed because of its thick husk must be grounded in order to work at its best and to be digested well. Don’t grind until you’re ready to eat them. Once ground, flaxseed has about a 2-week shelf life. I keep mine whole in the freezer, then once I grind, I keep them in the frig or on the shelf as I eat them almost every day. Flaxseed can be found online and in stores.
- These seeds can help you lose weight b/c they reduce food cravings
- Will give you a feel full faster
- They are the richest plant source for Omega-3
- I’ve read that they reduce blood pressure – but I don’t know that for a fact.
Add these wonderful seeds to everything! Oatmeal, yogurt, pancake mix, smoothies, on top of a sweet potato, etc. For the most part, I buy my flaxseed at Sprouts, but they are available at Chia Chosen Foods or on Amazon.
Flaxseed Vs. Chia Seed – The Differences
- Chia seeds are easier to digest and do not need to be ground up first. So you’ll need to invest in a grinder to eat flaxseed.
- Chia seeds cost more per pound than flaxseed.
- Flaxseeds have a nutty flavor and chia seeds taste like the dirt…but good dirt! Really, they do. Chia seeds definitely have an acquired taste and take time to get used to.
- Flaxseeds are more well-known than chia seeds and have been studied more.
- They both contain protein – flax contains more, but Chia is a complete protein, flax is not.
- They both are rich in Omega-3 – chia has just a tad bit more per ounce.
- Chia is higher in antioxidants and does not go rancid quickly, flaxseed, on the other hand, will. Always store flax in the freezer or frig.
- Chia seeds are higher in fiber with 10.6 grams vs. 7.6 grams in flaxseeds
They are both very nutritional and are an excellent source of fiber and protein and Omega-3 which are highly beneficial to women as well as to men. With what I read, it says Chia seeds are the better of the two.
Flaxseed Vs. Chia Seeds which one is better for you? Now that you know the difference, what do you think?