So we’re all on a health kick (well not all, probably just me) as of lately especially because we probably haven’t made the best eating choices over the summer (BBQ’s are every where!) I know for me personally after coming back from two weeks of vacation I am beyond ready to get back on track with my healthy eating obsessions. I’ve been dabbling in adding chia seeds into my smoothies because I am lacking Omega 3s from my diet (I don’t eat any type of seafood), so I decided to dig a little deeper into what makes chia seed and its counterpart flaxseeds superfoods. Besides why are they considered super foods I wanted to know which I should be spending my money on to add into my regular diet. The comparison was actually pretty shocking. Let’s look a bit further into what makes flaxseeds and chia seeds different from one another. After our comparison you also get a cool printable for you phone to give you quick access to the difference between both when you are making that difficult decision in the supermarket or health food store.
Flaxseed vs. Chia Seeds: What’s The Difference?
Chia seeds originate from Peru and have been often used for energy, strength and mood. Besides this chia seeds have several benefits and can be used in very different aspects of your meals for the day. I stick to mostly using chia seeds in my smoothies, but you can use them on top of your salads, in home made energy bars, or in your oatmeal.
- 5,000 mg of omega-3 fats (per ounce)- 3 tablespoons
- 11 Grams of fiber (per ounce)- soluble fiber
- 20% of your daily calcium needs (one serving)
- Source of magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous
- 5 Grams of protein/vitamin B (per two tablespoons)
- Virtually tasteless
If you are a vegetarian or vegan chia seeds are a great alternative to help you meet your health/nutritional needs.
Flax seeds come from the flax flower that can be found and grown all over North America. Flaxseeds also can be used in various forms for various meals in your day while also helping in optimal brain function, balanced mood and proper balance.
- 4700mg of omega- 3s (per 2 tablespoons)- highest source of omega 3 of all plant foods
- 5 grams of fiber (per 2 tablespoons) -contains soluble and insoluble fiber
- Rich source of Lignans (antioxidant used to reduce menopause symptoms and remove cholesterol)
- 4.4 Grams Of Protein (per 2 tablespoons)
- Must be used in ground form in order to benefit from nutritional value
- Slight woody taste
Final Thoughts: I haven’t had much experience with flax seeds (besides in some Granola bars or Flaxseed Gel) but as you can see Chia seeds and Flaxseeds are very similar. Though they possess a few nutritional differences they are both very helpful if added to your balanced diet. They have separate attributes that may be beneficial for you in particular depending on your specific health needs. Overall you can mix and match these seeds in your meals and reap great superfood benefits. I’m going to stick to chia seeds as they are easier for me to get at a cheaper price, and I don’t always have to blend them in order to have the nutritional value. It is crucial to be aware that Flaxseeds do not digest in your body if they are ingested in their whole raw form. You must ground them in order to reap the benefits.
What has been your experience with both of these superfoods? Do you have a particular favorite? Share your thoughts with us below!
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