Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds

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

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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 more lignans

Depending on what source you check out, either could win out. If you had to choose based on the above comparison, it looks like chia seeds win out, but not by a landslide. Use both. Each have their own nutritional benefits and are an easy addition to your healthy diet where variety is key.

Have a great Christmas Eve!

Karen

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Posted on December 24, 2013, in HEALTH TIPS and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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