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Health: Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds; Which is Healthier?

Christine Rugerri via Dr. Josh Axe : Mar 14, 2019  Food is Medicine

You can add both types of seeds to your homemade baked goods, like breads, waffles, muffins and cookies. You can also add them to your daily breakfast bowl, smoothie or yogurt parfait.

airlift[Food Is Medicine] Chia seeds and flax seeds are the two most popular varieties of seeds for their versatility, nutrient profile and wealth of health benefits. But when it comes to chia seeds vs flax seeds, which one is better for you? (Image: via Dr. Axe-Food is Medicine)

Good news—they are both fantastic additions to your diet. Packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats, chia and flax seeds can help to improve your digestive, cardiovascular and cognitive health.

Per serving, it's true that chia seeds benefits may outweigh those of flax seeds, but adding either one to your diet can have a positive impact.

Chia Seeds vs Flax Seeds Nutrition

Chia seeds and flax seeds nutrition both include a good amount of fiber and protein. They both also have an extensive nutrient profile and provide a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Ounce for ounce, chia seeds contain the higher amount of fiber and are especially rich in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce appetite and promote regularity. Chia seeds are also easy to digest, and unlike other types of seeds, they can be consumed either whole or ground. Plus, they boast a good amount of several other micronutrients, including manganese and phosphorus.

Flaxseeds pack in more omega-3 fatty acids per serving, which is important for reducing inflammation and preventing chronic disease. Flaxseeds are also high in lignans, which are plant compounds that act as antioxidants and have been linked to protection against cancer and heart disease. Unlike chia seeds, however, flaxseeds need to be ground up before consumption in order to maximize the potential health benefits.

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