Americans are having a love affair with Flax and Chia seeds and rightfully so. As America becomes increasingly more health conscious, many consumers seek to add these nutrient-dense super foods to their diets to increase their nutrient intakes. Two such super foods are flax and chia, both of which are small seeds whose mild flavors make it easy to incorporate into a variety of meals and snacks. Flax and chia both offer a number of nutritional and health benefits, but they differ slightly in their nutrient contents.
Both chia and flax seeds provide a rich source of energy to fuel your metabolism. If you’re looking to cut calories from your diet, choose chia seeds over flax. One ounce of chia seeds contains 138 calories, and flax contains 151 calories.
One of the nutritional benefits of both chia and flax seeds is their omega-3 fatty acid contents. These essential fatty acids help maintain healthy skin and hair, benefit your cardiovascular health and contribute to healthy brain function.
Chia and flax seeds provide a source of both soluble and insoluble fibers, which help fill you up after a meal and prevent blood sugar spikes after eating and constipation.
Adding chia or flax to your diet boosts your micronutrient intake, and both seeds provide sources of essential vitamins and minerals. Flax and chia both contain moderate amounts of B vitamins and vitamin E, as well as essential minerals such as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.
By making these small changes to your diet, you will quickly see the benefits of your efforts. Make yourself and your health a priority, start your day, today by adding a tablespoon of flax and chia seeds to your cereal, smoothie or greek yogurt. I recommend the Carrington Farms brand which makes a great ready to eat Flax Chia blend.