Many of you have heard of the nutritional value flaxseed has, but have you heard of chia seeds and how beneficial it is? Which is an excellent source of fiber? Find out here which is better for you – Flaxseed or Chia Seeds.
Which do you prefer? Flaxseed or Chia Seeds. Read which is better for you.
I am not an expert on nutrition, just someone who loves to add seeds to foods and wants her readers to know the benefits and the difference between these two.
Benefits of Flaxseed
- Flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber. Fiber seems to be the hardest nutrient for me to grasp, and it’s so essential 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 could cause bloating, so you’ll want to start small (1 TBL or less) and build up. Also, very important – flaxseed because of its thick husk must be grounded to work at its best and digested well. Don’t grind until you’re ready to eat them. Once ground, flaxseed has about a 2-week shelf life.
I keep my flaxseed whole in the freezer; once I grind, I keep it in the frig or on the shelf as I eat them almost every day. Flaxseed can be found online and in stores.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
- These seeds can help you lose weight because it reduces food cravings.
- It will give you a feel full faster.
- They are the most abundant plant source for Omega-3
- I’ve read that they lower blood pressure – but I don’t know that for a fact.
Add these seeds to everything! Oatmeal, yogurt, pancake mix, smoothies, on top of sweet potatoes, etc. For the most part, you can find chia seeds just about anywhere now, but I especially like Chosen Foods.
What’s the difference between Flaxseed and Chia Seeds?
- 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.
- Cost more per pound than flaxseed.
- Flaxseeds have a nutty flavor, and chia seeds taste like dirt…but good dirt! They do. Chia seeds have an acquired taste and take time to get used to them.
- Flaxseeds are more well-known than chia seeds because it’s been studied more.
- They both contain protein – flax provides more, but chia seeds are a complete protein, flax is not.
- They both are rich in Omega-3 – chia has just a tad bit more per ounce.
- It’s 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 and men. From what I read, it says Chia seeds are the better of the two.
Now that you know the difference, what do you think? Will you go for an excellent source of fiber or more Omega 3 or both.