Today, we will make a comparison of chia seeds vs. flaxseed. These are both popular health foods. While we will be comparing and contrasting the two, know that both are healthy foods, and you may choose to add both to your diet by the end of the article. However, for our purposes, we will pit these two tiny seeds against one another to see which one holds up better to the hype that they both receive.
First, let’s start by doing a nutritional breakdown of both seeds.
What can you get from just one ounce of these potent seeds?
So we already begin to see the difference depending on what you need in your diet. Flax can get you some extra calories, include some fats (healthy ones, as we will discuss in a few moments). On the other hand, chia has fewer calories, but more carbs.
The other thing to consider is that nearly all of those carbs are in the form of dietary fiber. So both will help your digestive tract, and chia has the edge in this department with 11 of those 12 grams of carbs being fiber.
Flax, on the other hand, has more omega-3 fatty acids, and that is why they have a higher fat content. These healthy fats are necessary for nervous system function. There are many studies that reveal the efficacy of omega-3s for depression and anxiety, inflammation, sleep, eye problems, dementia, and more.
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There are many astounding benefits to both chia and flax. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones.
The Internet is always promoting some sort of superfood as a weight-loss miracle. Interestingly enough, there is actually some scientific evidence when it comes to chia helping a person lose weight. This is likely due to the high amounts of fiber that can help keep the gut clean and healthy.
As you can see, there are amazing benefits to both of these tiny seeds. Which one you decide to take advantage of may come down to the benefits you are looking for and which seed is more likely to produce those results. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with adding both flax and chia to your diet. Between the fiber, healthy fats, and plant proteins, you get a cocktail of beneficial nutrients from both flax and chia with little to no downside. In reality, the only negative would be consuming exceedingly high amounts of fiber, which could cause bloating and gas.
Chia seeds are usually added whole to foods. You can put it in your yogurt or cereal. You can use it to thicken liquids. It can even produce an egg substitute for vegans since it has a gelatinizing effect.
Flax seeds typically end up ground to produce flour. Keep in mind that while chia doesn’t really taste like anything, it can change the consistency of your food. Flax, on the other hand, has a bit of a nutty taste. So with flaxseed, expect a different flavor, but one you should find edible or even appealing.
We hope today’s article helped you see the benefits of chia and flax. Keep up with our blog for more health tips and visit the shop for health supplements that can help you to look and feel your best.
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