First it was flax seeds, then chia and now hemp seeds! These seeds are the next big thing in nutrition and I have finally caught onto the seed craze. Everywhere I look throughout the grocery store these little seeds are being added to a variety of foods- breads, oatmeal, crackers even salads. I decided to give these seeds a try a couple of months back and was pleasantly surprised with how they all taste great and are all rich in fiber and healthy fats which may help reduce risk of numerous diseases. I did a little research to see which seeds pack on the most nutrient value:

All three of these seeds are very high in omega-3s, the essential fatty acid critical for heart health, brain development, reducing inflammation and joint pain, managing depression, preventing dry eyes, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, and protecting bone health. And the list continues.

Chia Seeds:

Dietary fiber- more than flax seeds
Omega-3 fatty acids- less than flax seed

Best added to: yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, fruit, stir fry, salads, baked in breads, cakes and biscuits

Health benefits include: Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, digestive health, reduce cravings, strong bones, strong muscles, antioxidants and Omega-3s

Flax Seeds:

Dietary Fiber- little less than chia seeds
Omega-3 fatty acids- a little more than chia seeds
Protein- a little more than chia seeds
Lignans- helpful in preventing cancer, contains more than chia seeds
Calcium and phosphorus, but not as much a chia seeds

Best added to: Cottage cheese, yogurt, breakfast cereals, smoothies, shakes, Oatmeal, Used as a flour in baked goods, Nutty topping for vegetable and in chili

Health Benefits: Protective effect against cancers, Omega-3s, blood pressure, cholesterol, prevent hot flashes, protect against radiation, digestive health and antioxidants

Hemp Seeds:

Protein- more than flax and chia
Dietary fiber- much less than flax and chia
Omega-3- less than flax and chia
Vitamin B

Best added to: Oatmeal, yogurt, smoothie, salads, roasted and eaten

Health benefits: Skin health, heart health and multiple sclerosis

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