The difference between ground flax and chia

By Lisa Tsakos on August 26, 2009

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Q: What is the difference between ground flax seed and ground chia seed? Can I consume then both at the same time? -Cindy

A: Aside from a different ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 and some different forms of fiber (every plant contains a variety of fibers), they are not all that different and their nutritional benefits are quite similar. Flax seed has more soluble fiber; chia has more insoluble fiber. We need both, so it's fine to mix them - I do it all the time. They are both gentle fibers.


By Lisa Tsakos| August 26, 2009
Categories:  Eat

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Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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