Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds

Chia vs Flax Seed - #chia #flax

Ever since I jumped on the “healthy eating” bandwagon I have been bombarded by all kinds of weird grains and seeds and veggies that (to be honest) I didn’t even know existed. Now buying a package of chia seed or quinoa or flax seed is as easy as a trip to Costco. So what are the differences between Chia Seed and Flax Seed? Which one is “healthier?” Welp….look no further.

Lets get scientific people. (Imagine me making my very serious Lets-do-this face.)

Are you thinking of a Chia Pet? Yeah…so did I. Actually the first sales of the chia seed were sold on Chia Pets and we would just grow them as house plants. Who knew those little seeds in that clay figurine sheep were so good for you!
ORIGIN: The word chia actually stems from the word “chian” which means “oily” The Chia plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala.
WHAT IS IT: Chia seed produces the chia “herb” or plant that is actually an annual. It even has little purple or white flowers on it….oooooh. :)
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME: One ounce of chia seed contains 9 grams of  (healthy omega-3) fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. This one ounce can also give you 18% of your recommended daily Calcium, 27% of your phosphorous, and 30% of your manganese. Not to mention, adding chia to your diet has been shown to help boost energy, stabilize blood sugar, aids digestion and support healthy cholesterol.
When my dad started having problems with his cholesterol and blood pressure, his doctor suggested he added just one teaspoon of this little seed to his orange juice every morning. After just a few days of taking the seed, my dad saw better test results and now has more energy!
ORIGIN: The flax seed (also known as linseed) has been used by humans since 30,000 BC. They would use its fibers to spin fabrics and can be grown in most of the cooler regions of the world.
WHAT IS IT: The flax plant is a tall slender, annual plant with pale blue flowers on it. Since the plant can be used for making linens, for its natural supplemental oil and for human health, its Latin name actually means “most useful.”
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME: The flax seed contains a lot of dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and a whole crop load of micronutrients. It has been proven to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer, helps stabelize blood sugar levels (making it especially good for diabetics), and has shown to be full of antioxidants.

Chia Seed vs Flax Seed

So now the battle begins – flax seeds vs chia seeds …which is the better seed? Here is a little break down chart for ya!
   CHIA SEED                                                 VS                                       FLAX SEED
     2 TBL                                                                                                            2 TBL      
     69                                                         Calories                                               75
    4.4g                                                           Fat                                                   6g
    2.3g                                                         Proteins                                             2.6g
     6g                                                           Carbs                                                 4g
    20%                                          % Recommended Daily Fiber                          15
    9%                                         %Recommended Daily Calcium                         4%
I guess it just all boils down to what you are looking for in your diet! If you have high cholesterol flax seed is your strongest seed, if you have a need for less calories and fat in your diet than chia seed is your man!
Hope this was more helpful and less like a science lesson. :)
Happy eating!

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  1. says

    I am addicted to Chia and just started adding flax seed to our diet. I am actually going to introduce them to my parents because they both have high blood pressure, cholesterol issues and my mom has PCOS and really needs to regulate her blood sugar. So much better to do this with diet rather than a pill :)

  2. susan das says

    When I use Chia Seeds I soak 1 tablespoon with a tablespoon of Hemp seeds (lovely high protein) until they become gelatinous, drain off the water and add them to my smoothies or in yogurt, they don’t get between your teeth. Alternatively I soak them in coconut water…cheers susan

  3. Amanda E. says

    I love both chia seed and flax seed. I put a tablespoon each in overnight oatmeal for a quick breakfast in the morning.

  4. Jessie says

    I eat chia seeds because they’re convenient. They don’t need to be ground like flaxseeds for your body to be able to digest them. I just sprinkle them on sandwiches, salads, in soups, on my eggs, toast, anything really. They don’t have any flavor to them, but they crunch a bit and will definitely stick in your teeth. I’ve just learned not to put them in things like yogurt if I’m not going to eat it right away (like when packing a lunch) because they absorb the moisture. (Handy on sandwiches so the bread doesn’t get soggy, but not so great in yogurt.)

    • Katherine Whittenberg says

      I use chia straight in things that need to be cooked, but should be soaked in some kind of liquid for awhile, doesn’t take long, even works with water. They absorb a lot of liquid, then they puff up and turn jelly like. It would be better to have that happen in a glass than in your gut. Very nutritious. Hope this helps. Check out Pinterest there are tons of recipes for chia seeds.

  5. Marcia Lee says

    I have been using Chia seeds for about a year now. I also use flax seed. I appreciate your side by side comparison; it is very helpful. I plan on continuing using Chia seeds & think I will give up on the flax.

  6. Marsha says

    I’ve heard a lot about these little seeds but I have never used them. Sounds like I’d better get myself in gear.

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