Chia seeds and flax seeds

Which is Better – Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds?

Shopping in the supermarket, we certainly stop and look closely to the products highlighted with those catchy lines “instant weight loss” or “fat burner”- the names are endless. Like everyone, we all are trapped in the fighting the battle of weight loss. From a school girl to a newly wedded girl, all are trapped in this diet, weight loss pressure.

Why? We need quick fixes, miracles, or rather no one is ready to spend much of their time to figure out, so we all tend to look for the easy approaches. But do these quick fixes actually benefit you, let’s find out.

These days the new fallacy is these little seeds, known as CHIA SEEDS.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds benefits and side-effects
Chia Seeds – The Fancy Weight Loss Fix

The little seeds are the form of wonder but why are we Indians always go on following something which is new, expensive, fancy and everyone talks about. To look classy, sit in a society which says you random things and you go on thinking yea, I need to buy this product, have it and look for magic.

But people even magic demands some skill and effort. Rather it demands patience, as I always say if it took you years to build that bulky stomach and thighs it will take time to shed too.

So show some patience to your body and mind. Go for things which are local instead of just running for things which are way too expensive.

Chia Seeds Benefits

Certainly, chia seeds have some benefits. It certainly does help in weight loss that the whole diet world is after them.

  • Chia seeds have numerous benefits as it’s a good source of protein and fibre, which helps with satiety, the feeling of fullness. A 25g portion of chia seeds contains approximately 9g of fibre.
  • It forms a gel when mixed with liquid, which has a higher satiety value and hence stops you from consuming unwanted calories.
  • These seeds are also rich in selenium which is an antioxidant which helps to fight cancer & heart disease.

But what are their adverse effects?

Do anyone talks about that? NO, because you are too busy and companies, media make you more trapped.

So now let’s make you aware because that’s our duty, time to burst the bubble!!

Chia seeds – Side Effects

There are many studies going on all over the world and out of which they are some which have the following results:

  • Consuming chia seeds more can lead to prostate cancer. Yes, you heard it right so think once before gulping it down randomly.
  • It can increase your triglyceride levels, people who tend to have high triglyceride levels can have show high levels later on.

Flax seeds

How about giving importance to these little tiny seeds probably just lost in your kitchen. Kindly just go, find them and start including in your diet, as they are important not only for your health but also for increasing immunity.

Flax Seeds Benefits

flax seeds benefits
The Several Benefits of Flax Seeds

The composition of 1 gm of Flax Seeds:

  • Calories: 37
  • Protein: 1.3 grams
  • Carbs: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 1.9 grams
  • Total fat: 3 grams
  • Saturated fat: 0.3 grams
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.5 grams
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.0 grams
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 1,597 mg

Let’s talk about benefits of Flax Seeds:

  • Weight Control

Because of rich fibre and plant-based protein content, the flax seeds keep you full for longer and thus helps you lose weight by controlling your appetite.

  • Heart Health Benefits

Research has shown that having flax seeds rich in omega 3 fatty acids helps in decreasing the LDL often referred as (bad) cholesterol and improving the HDL levels (good cholesterol). This leads to heart health benefits and lower risk of stroke.

  • Reduction in risk of cancer

Lignan, found in Flax seeds, has antioxidant and estrogen properties, both of which can help lower the risk of cancer and improve health.

  • Dietary Fiber

One tablespoon of Flax seeds contains 3 gm fibre accounting for 10% of daily recommended intake.  Fiber helps in bowel movement and can improve your digestive health.

  • Lower Blood Pressure

Flax seeds are recommended for people with high blood pressure, as it helps in reducing the blood pressure.

  • Good Protein Source

Flax seeds are a good source of plant-based protein, and they are a rich source of protein for vegetarians.

  • Controlling Blood Sugar 

Because of high insoluble fibre content, the flax seeds help in reducing blood sugar level and are a healthy addition to the diet of diabetic patients.

Flax Seeds Benefits for Hair

flax seeds benefits for hair growth
Use Flaxseeds Hair Oil for Healthy Hair

Flax seeds help to make hair healthy and strong. It’s an excellence homemade treatment for hair growth.

Why flax seeds benefits hair growth?

  • Good source of Vitamin E, which helps in hair growth because of its anti-oxidant properties
  • Hair growth requires a balance of pH and oil production, and flax seeds help in maintaining the balance
  • Omega-3 fatty acids present in hair are essential for healthy hair growth

What are flax seeds benefits for hair?

  • Flax seeds make your hair stronger
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseeds prevent cicatricial alopecia, a permanent hair loss condition
  • Omega-3 fatty acids present in fatty acid is a natural remedy for male baldness. It also improves the elasticity of hair.
  •  Flax seeds condition your hair, reducing breakage and increasing smoothness
  • Flax Seeds also helps in fighting dandruff

You can use flax seeds hair oil for these benefits. Massage with 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds oil twice or thrice a week.

Make Flax Seeds Yummy with Yoghurt

Flax seed and Yoghurt
The Yummy Combination of Flax Seeds and Yoghurts

Who said you consume it just with water – Add to water and drink as part of your daily fluid intake? This is a common notion.

What people forget – to play with the combinations. So take some flax seeds just the amount you can consume in the entire week, roast them and grind them finely, and then store this powdered form in an airtight container. Let’s talk about how we can make it even more interesting.

You can have with water, but ever realised these little seeds tend to be very hot from the inside, which our mommies say like Bhut hi garam hai? Kam khaya karo, isko? So now here we come with a rescue:

  • Mix flax seeds in powdered form with curd, dahi, or yoghurt, which will give you a cooling effect
  • Add flax seeds to your salad, sandwich stuffing, in your homemade laddos
  • Sprinkle ground flax seeds over cold breakfast cereal
  • Add to cookie, muffin, or bread
  • Mix in your favourite smoothie

Try these yummy versions, tell about your experience in the comment.

Common FAQs Related to Flax Seeds

  • How much Flax Seeds should I consume?

You should consume between 1-5 tablespoons (10-50 gm) of Flax Seeds in a day.

  • Should I eat Flax Seeds or whole Flax?

As the intestine cannot break down the tough outer shell of the seeds, it’s better to just consume the seeds. However, you can grind the whole Flaxseeds, grind them in a coffee grinder, and then use.

  • Should I use Flaxseeds oil?

As some nutrients of this oil are heat sensitive, flaxseeds oil is not suitable for high-temperature cooking.  Although the oil lack fibre, it contains higher omega-3 fatty acid. You can use it for light cooking.

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