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Chia Seeds Vs Basil Seeds: Know The Similarities And Differences

Chia seeds vs Basil (sabja seeds): The two seeds have a similar nutrition profile, but the most notable difference is the presence of omega-3s in chia seeds. Read here to know more.

Chia Seeds Vs Basil Seeds: Know The Similarities And Differences

While chia seeds can be used or raw or soaked, one can eat sabja seeds only after soaking them

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Chia seeds and sabja seeds are considered to be quite similar
  2. Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids
  3. Basil seeds act as a cooling agent

Chia seeds or basil (sabja) seeds can be rightly termed as cousins. The seeds look quite similar and are yet quite different from each other. Sabja seeds are pitch black with uniformity. While chia seeds are never pitch black, and are a mixture of grey, black, white and even brown coloured seeds. Elaborating more on the difference between two seeds is nutritionist Pooja Makhija on Instagram. She informs that on soaking in water, sabja seeds swell up within seconds, while chia seeds take more time to absorb and swell up.

Chia seeds vs sabja seeds: Take note of the similarities and differences


When it comes to taste, chia seeds have no taste of their own. They adapt to any dish that they are added to like salads, smoothies or puddings. Sabja or basil seeds on the other hand have a mild flavour of basil.

While chia seeds can be used or raw or soaked, one can eat sabja seeds only after soaking them.

Also read: Have You Tried Chia Seeds For Weight Loss? Here Are Different Ways To Use These

Health benefits

In her Insta post, Makhija says that chia seeds and sabja seeds are similar. They can both be included in weight loss diet and are sources of plant-based protein.

If you want to get relief from constipation and acidity, then basil seeds should be your preferred pick. These seeds can also act as a coolant for the body and are a good source of iron.

Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. They help in stabilising blood sugar levels and can promote energy and endurance.

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Chia seeds are rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, but they have lesser fibre than basil seeds
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Also read: Omega 3 Fatty Acids Benefits: From Better Heart Health To Flawless Skin Here Are All The Health Benefits Of Omega-3

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(Pooja Makhija is a nutritionist, dietitian and author)

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