Hemp, Chia or Flax Anyone?

We all can agree that food is a trend. Everyday new discoveries come out with new research and health claims. Latest food trend today? The seeds! The next big thing in nutrition and health might just be these tiny seeds. Why is everyone going crazy about seeds? Well, they contain almost as much protein as nuts (if not more) and also carry the heart healthy omega 3 fats.

HEMP

Some of you may be thinking that this seed can make you high, but this hemp is not marijuana and has no link to it.

  • What makes hemp seeds unique? They contain all the essential amino acids making it the perfect complete vegetarian protein source.
  • Reputation of having a potent source of magnesium, improved energy and immunity, as well as reducing cholesterol.
  • Taste is a mixture between sunflower seeds and pine nuts.
  • Best consumed with salads, smoothies, granolas, and even parfaits.
  • 1 tablespoon provides 4g of protein, 1g of fiber and 1g of omega 3s.

CHIA

  • Absorbs liquid easily, creating a gel-like form.
  • Reputation of lowering blood sugar after a meal and reducing inflammation as well as blood pressure.
  • Taste is not a concern as chia seeds are actually tasteless.
  • Best consumed whole or ground and can be added to salads, smoothies and shakes, cereal and even water!
  • 1 tablespoon has 2g of protein, 4g of fiber and 1.75g omega 3s.

FLAX

  • Flax seeds deliver more ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) than any other plant food around.
  • Reputation of lowering cholesterol, having anti-inflammatory effects and undergoing studies show that it might have an affect of slowing tumor growth.
  • Taste is a bit nutty, more like
  • Best consumed ground and added to salads, baked goods, cereal and even smoothies.
  • 1 tablespoon provides 1g of protein, 2g of fiber and 2g of omega 3s.

So, what seed are you planning on including in your next meal?

      

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