Okay so there are chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds and I’m sure there are other seeds that I have no clue about. A quick google search of these seeds and you’ll find words like superfood, omega 3’s, protein, fiber all these wonderful health benefits. You don’t even think about it, you just take say, “give me, give me, give me, I want that, I need that.” Truly great benefits.
Originally I was going to compare these seeds and see which one is a definite buy, but they all have their own purposes. I’ll give you a quick summary of some of the articles I read and I’ll list the sources below if you wish to read more about the topic. Most of the articles I read were within the past year. I’m bringing you the information based off the research from these articles. My first source comes from Dr. John Day titled flax vs. chia, which should you eat?
Omega 3’s: Both flax seeds and chia seeds came at a tie for this omega 3. However, the downfall is that since flax and chia seeds are a plant based, the omega 3 that it provides is in the form of ALA (Alpha-Linolenic acid) and the body takes just a little of this form and turns it into DHA which is what our brains truly benefit from.
Fiber: Chia seeds is the winner! They both provide fiber, but chia seeds wins by providing 7% more of your daily fiber intake.
I encourage you to read this article. Dr. John’s conclusion on flax and chia seeds is that they are both great for you. If you want more calcium in your diet, because you no longer eat dairy products then chia seeds are what you want. However, if you’re looking to lower your cholesterol then flaxseeds are for you. Again I’ve listed the article below for you! It’s a great read!
Now, here comes the big downfall- phytic acid. Seeds and nuts contain phytic acid, which basically prevents your body from getting all the great nutrients that these seeds provide. I know. Preparation is involved if you want to consume these seeds. Chia seeds are easier to remove phytic acid by simply soaking them. If you already make chia seed pudding then you are already decreasing the phytic acid in them. And here comes the benefit of hemp seeds. Apparently they don’t have phytic acid (sorry for using that word for the millionth time), so there is no special preparation required. If this article is wrong, please let me know, but from this particular source it seems to state that hemp seeds don’t contain phytic acid, therefore it doesn’t interfere with nutrient absorption.
I’ll research hemp seeds more, but with it you have protein (even though there are many sources of protein available-even for vegans) and omega 3’s like chia and flax. I’ll provide a source below for further reading.
The most surprising aspect about reading about these seeds was….here comes the word again, phytic acid! Plan to do more reading on it.
Flax vs. Chia: Which Seed Should You Eat? – Dr. John Day
10 Flax Seed Benefits and Nutrition Facts
The Chia Cheat Sheet – The Raw Food World News
Soaked Chia Seeds Recipe & Video | Martha Stewart
The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds | Wellness Mama
What Happens to Chia Seeds Soaked in Water? – SuperLife™
Does Hemp Seed Contain Phytic Acid?
6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds