What’s behind the popularity of chia and flax seeds?

Both offer heart health benefits because they are so high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids

NEW YORK (CNN) – They’re tiny, but pack a nutritional punch and they can be added to foods ranging from baked goods to salads, even yogurt.

Chia seeds and flax seeds seem to be everywhere on store shelves and in drinks like these, so what’s with their popularity?

Turns out chia seeds are not so new.  They achieved superstar status through “Chia Pets.”

It’s actually the same seed, but they have a history that dates as far back as the Aztecs.

Chia seeds, along with flax seed, are a good source of vegetarian protein, but you don’t have to be a vegetarian or vegan.  They’re a very convenient source of protein and omega-3 fats for anyone, and especially if you don’t eat fish.

In addition flaxseed may reduce the risk of certain cancers.  While chia contains more fiber, protein and omega-three fatty acids.

Both offer heart health benefits because they are so high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, they’ve been shown to help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, lower cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides and even blood pressure.

You can mix and match them try them in oatmeal, yogurt, or baked goods, but remember in order to get the benefits go for ground flax chia’s great either way

A good rule of thumb for either flax or chia seeds is maybe to have 1 tablespoon in the morning and then another tablespoon later in the day, so you get about 2 tablespoons for the day.

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