Hemp, flax seeds and chia seeds seem to be everywhere these days. All three tiny seeds are known for their many health benefits, especially the Omega 3 fatty acids which are an essential nutrient. Although these seeds are consumed mainly be people who are following plant-based diets, such as the vegan diet, anyone can actually consume these seeds and benefit from their health benefits. Thankfully, adding these seeds to our daily meals is easy. Read on to find out how these seeds differ from one another.
Hemp seeds are distinguished for their pleasant nutty taste, which can be easily compared to the sunflower seeds, although hemp has a softer texture. These seeds are a great addition to any plant-based diet since they are packed with proteins and contain all of the essential amino acids. In fact, they are among the few plant-based foods that are capable of providing complete protein. The hemp seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and certain Omega 3 fatty acids known as the GLA, which are not normally found in any other types of food. They are also rich in fiber and have an abundance amount of minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Flax seeds are available in two different varieties, brown and golden. Both these seeds have the same nutrition profiles. The brown varieties feature more earthy undertones while the golden ones are smooth and nutty. Most people would prefer the golden varieties than the brown ones. Flax seeds can be found in a wide variety of foods these days. What many people don’t know is that flax seeds don’t get broken down once they are eaten and they go directly to the digestive tract. This is why it’s important that you grind them before adding to your meals.
The chia seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids which makes them a great alternative to fish oil for those who are following a plant-based diet. If eaten dry, the seeds taste somewhat like the poppy seed. They are dense and crunchy. When soaked, the chia seeds are able to absorb liquid more and could get very plump just like a gel. It has a sweet taste and it’s usually soft just like the tapioca pearls. The seeds also contain a good amount of antioxidants and proteins just like the hemp seeds, which is somewhat rare for plant-based food sources.
So which among these seeds are better? The answer is none. The choice will mainly depend upon your personal preferences. No seed is better than the other in terms of taste. Some people might find the hemp seeds tastier than the two while others may find the hemp less appealing. But one thing to note is that all three seeds don’t produce any strong taste. Instead, their tastes are a bit subtle, which is why they make for a great food additive and will not overpower the taste of your food.