Ultimate Seed Showdown!18
Chia vs. Flax Seeds
Both Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds are incredible boosts to a NutriBlast, but when it comes down to nutrient content, which seed is the reigning champ?
Which seed are you rooting for?
Chia Seed (1oz/28g)
|To grind or not to grind||Omega-3s and phytonutrients are available without grinding.||Must be ground to release nutrients for absorption.|
|Omega-3||Contains a balanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. 3x more than 3 oz of salmon. 4.9 g Omega 3s.||6.4 g Omega 3s|
|Fiber||11 g||7.8 g|
|Protein||Complete protein with all essential fatty acids. 4.7 g||5 g|
|Calcium||177 mg (18%)||73 mg (7.3%)|
|Magnesium||95 mg (24%)||112 mg (28%)|
|Phosphorus||265 mg (27%)||183 mg (18%)|
|Iron||2.19 mg (12%)||1.6 mg (9%)|
|Zinc||1 mg (7%)||1.24 mg (13%)|
|Detoxifying?||When combined with a liquid, chia forms a gel that binds toxins to eliminate from the body.||Flaxseed can also form a gel, but needs to be ground into a powder first.|
|Blood sugar control||The “gel” and fiber slow the breakdown and release of glucose into the bloodstream.||The natural fibers in flax help slow the release of sugars into the blood.|
|Baking||Use in place of butter or oil in recipes. Chia can stand in for half the amount called for in a recipe.||Combine one Tbsp ground flaxseeds with three Tbsp water as a substitute for each egg in a recipe.|
|Weight management||Chia’s unique gelling action keeps you feeling full for hours!||Fiber found in flax helps add bulk which may satiate you and lead to less food intake overall.|
|Antioxidants||Rivals blueberries in antioxidant power.||Contains lignans which are plant (phyto) estrogens and antioxidants. (Flax has up to 800x more lignans than other plant foods.)|
Winner: CHIA SEEDS
These power seeds offer up tough competition for the most nutrient-dense. While they each have their star qualities, we’ve decided chia seeds are the way to go when preparing your NutriBlast. These seeds require no additional grinding to unlock antioxidants and anti-inflammatory omega-3s. They boost the flavor of the complementary ingredients instead of dominating and are known to produce a more gel-like pudding, great for binding toxins and adding bulk to fill you up. Chia seeds are higher in fiber, calcium, phosphorus and iron. These minerals provide great bone-building benefits and help distribute oxygen for more efficient cellular energy.
Don’t just grow these superseeds on a ceramic pet or head, toss a tablespoon into your NutriBlast and reap the benefits!
Get to know your chia…
With the recent surge in chia-mania, most chia is harvested early to meet the demand. However, our chia seeds are allowed to mature fully, which results in higher antioxidants and omega-3 oils. They are grown organically in Ecuador and are solar-dried so they are not only healthy for you, but also for the environment.
Order your 1 month supply here!
-Krista Haynes, R.D.
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference