Chia seeds vs. flax seeds, is there a clear winner?
Flax seeds have exceeded all the barriers of popularity not only in US but all around the world. The seeds might be small but they possess immense nutritional value, which has been proven by the scientists all around the world. Theses grains contain minerals, vitamins, calcium and other important components required by the body such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The dusts of seeds are soluble in water and are considered as one of the best food supplement. Approximately there are 50 companies who are manufacturing the flax food products in the market.
Chia seeds are the recent competitors of the Flax seeds in the market and they seem to have over taken the popularity mark of the Flax products in the US market. The recent researches have shown that the Chia seeds are not only effective for people who want to reduce weight but also medically proven to have qualities for the prevention of blood sugar levels.
If we compare the Chia seeds with the Flax seeds we will see that a unit of Flax contains 492 kilo calories of energy whereas the same unit of the Chia contains 525 kilo calories. However the fat contents are low in the Chia seeds than the Flaxes. The dietary fibre contents in the Flax are lower than its competitor. The Chia seeds contain 631 mg calcium in per 100 grams whereas the Flax seeds contain only 199 mg.
The main difference between the two seeds is the content of the antioxidants in them. The Flax seeds do not contain any antioxidants but the Chia seeds have Caffeic acid, Chlorogenic acid and substances like Myricetin, Quercetin and Kaempferol which removes the free radicals form the blood and purifies it resulting in a better blood circulation. The Chia seeds have a capability of controlling the blood sugar levels and hence they are prescribed by the doctors and the gym instructors all over the world.