Demystifying Popular Smoothie Boosters

Step behind the smoothie counter and take a look at some popular smoothie boosters frequenting our drinks.

Flaxseeds and Chia Seeds

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Flaxseeds and Chia Seeds

Servings of ground flaxseed or chia seeds contain 4 grams of fiber, 2.4 grams of the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), and 300 milligrams of lignans. Both ALA and lignans are anti-inflammatories, which help reduce soreness after a workout. Recent studies have found that consuming three tablespoons per day of lignans can lower cholesterol. (11)

The difference between the two is that chia seeds can be consumed whole, whereas flax seeds must be ground first. Another big difference is that when chia is exposed to water, it forms a gel that grows in size and weight in your stomach, promoting fullness. (12)

 


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