You may have heard of these 2 types of seeds before or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve tried adding them to your daily intake due to their “superfood” claim to fame, or maybe you’ve strayed away from them due to an inability to pronounce their names. Regardless of if you are a flax or chia seed fanatic or a health seed newbie, here are some facts that are good to know!
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
- Known for its healthy fats, Chia is relatively low in fat compared to other seeds of its kind
- Speaking of healthy fats, it contains Omega 3’s, which are most commonly found in fish
- A good, lean source of protein at about 4g per 2 TBSP
- Packs 20% of your daily fiber intake
- High in calcium, which supports strong bones
- Daily intake can reduce your long term risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease
- Easy to digest
- Chia can even give you an energy boost due to its antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals
Health Benefits of Flax Seed:
- Like Chia seed, Flax is a lean source of protein and is also lower in carb than Chia
- High in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, and folate
- High in vitamins such as B1 which is good for brain power
- Also high in fiber and Omega 3’s
- Flax has Lignans, which are good for both estrogen and antioxidant qualities and can help protect against cancers
- Can help fight against and reduce risk of cancers including breast, prostate, and colon
- Highly effective at lowering blood pressure
- Can slightly lower blood sugar which is helpful in fighting diabetes
- Flax has been studied to show a 57% reduction in hot flashes in menopausal women
So what’s the difference?
When it comes to someone interested in general health, there isn’t a huge difference between the 2. If you’re looking for more vitamin and mineral health, go for Flax, if you need more calcium or fiber, go for Chia. Flax seed is usually less expensive than Chia seeds, but Chia seeds are more versatile since they can be combined with water to form a “gooey” texture. Some studies have shown that flax might not be a good choice for pregnant women, but when it comes to that it is up to your independent research to decide.
Regardless of which you choose, I highly recommend adding these little, healthy seeds into your daily diet!