Comparing Chia, Hemp and Flax Seeds – Which One Is Better?

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Watch my video and read on for a great nutrition overview from my colleague, Registered Dietitian Richelle Tabelon:

Chia, flax seed and hemp hearts have become very popular among consumers and health enthusiasts in the recent years. All 3 products are vegan friendly and gluten-free (safe for those with Celiac Disease). Whether you sprinkle them in your yogurt, cereal, salad, shake, or baking the nutritional content of these products may provide some health benefits.  So which one is best?

The answer is: it depends on what health benefit you are looking for!


Chia Seed:

  • Contains the most fibre per serving
  • Contains calcium

Hemp Hearts:

  • Contains the most protein per serving
  • Contains (non-heme) iron and zinc
  • Canadian grown sources

Flax Seed (ground):

  • Contains the most Omega 3 (ALA) per serving. (Note: Fish is still a better source of Omega 3 because it contains EPA and DHA which have the heart health, brain function and more benefits. ALA converts to EPA and DHA but in small amounts.)
  • Canadian grown sources

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About Andrea Holwegner

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Andrea the "Chocoholic Nutritionist" is founder and president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. since 2000. She is a professional speaker, media expert for the Dietitians of Canada and consultant to the food and restaurant industry for companies...Read more

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