Chia seeds are old news… or, at least, we’ve gotten so used to them that we can’t remember a time when we weren’t having them in our oats, water, and smoothie bowls. We’re not exactly complaining: chia seeds are energizing superfood staples that are affordable and accessible, so they’re a godsend for anyone just easing into the wellness habit. We wouldn’t want ‘em to go anywhere!
But if you’ve been on this track long enough, you will want something new to sink your teeth into. For us chia loyalists, basil (sabja) seeds offer a refreshing change of pace for our health-conscious appetite. Made from the seeds of the sweet basil plant, they’re just like chia seeds—with little quirks that make the eating experience feel brand new. How do the pair compare? Let’s go through them point by point!

BASIL SEEDS VS. CHIA SEEDS: A COMPARISON


HOW TO
Chia seeds take a little longer to soak (anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours), and they can also be consumed raw. Basil seeds, on the other hand, can only be consumed once soaked. On the plus side, they’re ready to go within seconds after touching liquid.

TASTE

Chia seeds have a very neutral (practically tasteless!) flavor, making them ideal add-ons to almost any dish. Meanwhile, basil seeds feature a faintly herbal taste thanks to its mother plant, but it’s nothing too overpowering.

TEXTURE & APPEARANCE
Chia seeds appear to be various shades of grey, whereas basil seeds are singularly black. Texturally, chia seeds swell to become slightly chewy once soaked. Basil seeds are similar, except they become a bit bigger with a more gelatinous mouthfeel.

NUTRITION FACTS

Nutritionally, the two have plenty in common: they’re both high in healthy fats, rich in antioxidants, and are digestion-assisting. However, chia seeds contain more fiber, while basil seeds offer more iron.

BENEFITS

Both chia and basil seeds pack plenty of nutrients in a single, ultra low-calorie serving, while being very filling once ingested. Because of their fiber and fat content, they help boost metabolism and stablize blood sugar levels, which aid in weight loss. Unique to basil seeds is their capacity to reduce body heat, cooling you down from the inside.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Because of their neutral flavor, chia seeds can be consumed in virtually anything, from overnight oats to puddings. Basil seeds are similarly mild, but their coolant quality make them even more ideal for refreshing shakes and smoothie bowls.

BOTTOMLINE
The pair are remarkably similar, being nutritionally dense and super easy to integrate into your meals. Price-wise, basil seeds tend to be just slightly more expensive due to their limited availability, so that’s something to consider. Overall, though, we’d say both seeds offer unique health benefits in such a compact, convenient form that we’d gladly have them side by side in our pantry.
TRY: Nutrifam Organic Chia Seeds (500g), P437 (limited time only), The Green Tummy Organic Basil Seeds (100g), P199

So, are you Team Basil, Team Chia, or both? Tell us your pick below!

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