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You Don't Have To Be A Bird To Appreciate Benefits Of Seeds

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  They're tiny but pack a nutritional punch and hey can be added to food ranging from baked goods to salads, even yogurt.
  Sound too good to be true?
  It's not.
  They can be beneficial for anyone to add to their diet.
  Carl Azuz explains in today's Health Minute.
  Chia seeds and flax seeds seem to be everywhere, on store shelves and in drinks.
  So what's with their popularity?
  Turns out Chia seeds are not so new.
 They achieved superstar status through "Chia Pets."
  "It's actually the same seed, but they have a history that dates as far back as the Aztecs," says dietician Marisa Moore.
  Chia seeds, along with Flax seed, are a good source of vegetarian protein.
  "You don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan.  They're a very convenient source of protein and Omega-3 fats for anyone, and especially if you don't eat fish," Moore says.
  In addition, Flaxseed may reduce the risk of certain cancers while Chia contains more fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  Both offer heart health benefits. 
  "Because they are so high in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids, they've been shown to help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, lower cholesterol levels, as well as tryglicerides and even blood pressure," Moore says.
  You can mix and match them, try them in oatmeal, yogurt, or baked goods.
  But remember, in order to get the benefits go for ground Flax or Chia's great either way.
  "A good rule of thumb for either flax or chia seeds is maybe to have one tablespoon in the morning and then another tablespoon later in the day, so you get about two tablespoons for the day," Moore says.
Small seeds, big rewards.

   
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