Chia Seeds vs Basil Seeds: What is the difference, nutritional profile and how to include it in the diet

Chia and basil seeds, of late, have become one of the most talked-about food items in the health circles as there are several health benefits of these seeds. However, many people still think that they one and the same and the confusion is because of their similar appearance.
Health & Fitness,Chia Seeds vs Basil SeedsChia Seeds vs Basil Seeds: What is the difference, nutritional profile and how to include it in the diet
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Chia and basil seeds, of late, have become one of the most talked-about food items in the health circles as there are several health benefits of these seeds. However, many people still think that they one and the same and the confusion is because of their similar appearance. They are two different types of seeds and today, we are talking in detail about both the popular seeds.

How to know the difference between the two?

While Chia seeds are oval in shape basil seeds look like tiny grass rice.  On soaking in water, chia seeds take around 30-40 minutes to absorb the water while basil aka sabja seeds swell up in some time. The chia seeds do not have any taste of their own and that's why they can be added in any dish. On the other hand, sabja seeds have a mild flavor of basil and mostly used in drinks.  Chia seed is a native of Mexico and it does not have an Indian name while basil seeds are native to India and are known as sabja as well as Tukmeria. For the unversed, chia seeds can be consumed raw or soaked while basil seeds can be consumed only after soaking. Let the sabja seeds soak for about 15 minutes and after some while, the seeds grow approximately triple in size. and will have consistency gel-like.

Talking on the nutrition profile, chia seeds are packed with several nutrients antioxidants, fiber, calcium, protein, omega 3s, and many other nutrients. On the other hand, Sabja seeds contain calcium, magnesium, iron, fiber and anti-cancer properties among others. One should be included in the diet as the same has many health benefits such as clearing arteries, aids in digestion, great diuretic, regulates bowel movements and reduces body heat among others. For the unversed, the high fiber content of basil seeds can lead to side effects such as bloating and that's why ideally it is best to gradually increase the intake of basil seeds.

Coming to chia seeds, the same helps to lower the levels of higher triglyceride, promotes weight loss and heart health, helps to maintain normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels and promotes energy among others. One can use basil seeds aka sabja seeds in falooda, refreshing drinks and chia seeds can be used in several dishes such as pudding, smoothies, oatmeal, salad, jam and desserts among others.

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Chia seeds indian name is Tukmalanga seeds

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