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Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. They can simply be sprinkled on top of a salad or folded into a rice or other grain mixture. When added to water, they have a gel-like quality which can be used as an egg substitute in baking.
Ideally, flax seeds (or flaxseed) should be ground prior to consumption because the whole seed can pass through the digestive system without being digested. Ground flaxseed can be used in many of the same ways as chia seeds, including as a healthy egg substitute in baking.
Flax seeds can be easily and quickly ground in a coffee grinder or can be purchased already milled. Ground flaxseed meal should be stored in the refrigerator for freshness.
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