Flaxseeds vs. Chia Seeds

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Flax and chia seeds can both be considered superfoods, but which one has the edge?

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Flax seeds have also been shown to slow prostate cancer, but which is healthier? Chi-chi-chi-chia, or flax?

Well, there are three reasons why people eat flax: the cardioprotective omega-3s, the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, and the cancer-fighting lignans. Compared to chia seeds, flax has more omega-3s. But to my surprise, chia has significantly more fiber, which makes chia Obama very happy. Looks like lignans are going to be the decider.

Flax has always been considered so amazing because it has about a hundred times more cancer-fighting lignans than any plant in the world—until, evidently, chia seeds were tested. According to the website of “better than flax” Anutra brand chia seeds, chia has 25 times more lignans than flax.

That’s incredible! No really, that’s in-credible. I called them up, challenged them on it, and it turns out they lied. Flax is healthier. 

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Flax seeds have also been shown to slow prostate cancer, but which is healthier? Chi-chi-chi-chia, or flax?

Well, there are three reasons why people eat flax: the cardioprotective omega-3s, the cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, and the cancer-fighting lignans. Compared to chia seeds, flax has more omega-3s. But to my surprise, chia has significantly more fiber, which makes chia Obama very happy. Looks like lignans are going to be the decider.

Flax has always been considered so amazing because it has about a hundred times more cancer-fighting lignans than any plant in the world—until, evidently, chia seeds were tested. According to the website of “better than flax” Anutra brand chia seeds, chia has 25 times more lignans than flax.

That’s incredible! No really, that’s in-credible. I called them up, challenged them on it, and it turns out they lied. Flax is healthier. 

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Doctor's Note

More on seeds:
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How Many Poppy Seeds Are Too Many?
Flaxseeds for Hypertension
Flaxseeds For Breast Pain
Fat Burning Via Arginine
The Best Way to Boost Serotonin
Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

For further context, check out my blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer RiskFlaxseeds for Prostate Cancer, and Treating Breast Pain with Flaxseeds.

In 2017, I made an updated flax vs. chia video: Which Are Better: Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds?  

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