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Know the difference between Chia Seeds and Basil Seeds!

  • Know the difference between Chia Seeds and Basil Seeds!

During the monsoons, it becomes necessary to keep a check on your immune system because of the spread of various infections. With a worldwide pandemic highly affecting our lives, people are often looking out for options and ways on how to boost their immune system. Apart from Turmeric, which is known to be the king of the immune system, Chia Seeds are the next big thing when it comes to immune-boosting foods.

Packed with Antioxidants and Protein necessary for shooting up the immune system, Chia Seeds are also loaded with minerals like Calcium in abundance. But people often tend to get confused between Chia Seeds and Basil Seeds, both of which are slightly similar in appearance.

While Chia Seeds can be consumed raw and soaked for just 1-2 hours, Basil seeds cannot be eaten without soaking them in water for at least 5-6 hours. When it comes to flavour, Chia Seeds don’t have any specific flavour or taste of its own, and hence it adapts to any dish you add them to. Whereas, Basil seeds have a mild flavour of Basil. Chia Seeds takes comparatively more time to swell up in water, but Basil Seeds swell up in seconds.

Coming to the appearance of these seeds, Basil Seeds are dense black in colour, tiny and round whereas Chia Seeds are a bit larger, oval in shape and come in colours like grey, brown, white and black.

While both seeds offer difference in the nutritional properties, let us have a look at the difference they hold:

  1. Chia Seeds are dense in antioxidants, fibre, calcium, fibre and other minerals, whereas Basil seeds are said to contain iron in high proportions.
  2. Chia Seeds are beneficial in maintaining healthy blood pressure and sugar levels in the body, lowers cholesterol and promotes better cardiovascular health. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, whereas Basil Seeds help more in digestion. They are also helpful in improving the quality of blood because of the presence of Iron in high quantities.
  3. Chia Seeds are more recommended for weight loss because of its high fibrous nature, whereas basil seeds merely acts as best coolants during summer season.

Both Chia and Sabja Seeds are known to provide a feeling of fullness and satisfaction, thus avoiding you to snack throughout the day. When you add these seeds to water, they swell considerably which fills you up and also makes you feel hydrated.

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