The omega 3:omega 6 fatty acid ratio in chia is about 3. This is even better than that of flax, which comes in at about 3.8, which admittedly, is also impressive. That makes both excellent choices when looking for foods with anti-inflammatory properties.
Both are rich in fibre, and very low in net carbohydrates, but chia seems to have an edge on flax when it comes to the full nutrient picture as it is a rich source of calcium, phosphorous and manganese. Flax, on the other hand, is a decent source of iron. It is also somewhat cheaper than chia.
For a more comprehensive look at what both of these seeds can do for you, take a look at www.nutritiondata.com.
Some people like to mix their chia seeds with water to form a gel-like substance which they then mix with their food.
Another method is to simply sprinkle a tablespoonful of seeds over your food, which bulks it up as you digest it, creating a sensation of fullness.
You can also make a delicious 'porridge' using a spoonful of chia, a spoonful of ground flax seeds, some ground walnuts, mixed with a little water or almond milk, and a grated apple or pear.
If you've been buying chia seeds, how do you prefer to eat them?