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Chia Seeds vs. Flaxseeds

Is There Something Healthier Than Chia Seeds?

Decisions, decisions. You're stirring up a bowl of oatmeal, whirling together a smoothie, or baking some muffins. Do you add chia seeds or flaxmeal? You know both offer protein, fiber, and omega-3s, but which one offers more? The comparison chart below will settle this.

1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
Calories 60 37
Total Fat (g) 4 3
Saturated Fat (g) 0 0
Carbs (g) 4 2
Fiber (g) 4 2
Protein (g) 2 1
Calcium (mg) 64 17.9
Iron (mg) 1 0.4
Omega-3s (g) 2.4 1.6
Omega-6s (g) 0.8 0.4

Are you surprised? Although almost twice the calories, chia seeds also offer twice the fiber, protein, and iron. If you go with chia, it offers over three times the calcium and almost double the omega-3s. If you're trying to get more nutrition bang for your buck, looks like chia is the way to go. Sprinkle seeds on salads, throw them in the blender for your morning smoothie, add them to your overnight oats, or make chia pudding.

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