Chia seeds are healthy for you but most of us just remember the infamous Chia Pet plants and have not incorporated the super food in our diets. Chia seeds have been around since the Aztec and Mayan times. They are tiny black or white seeds that have 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, including omega-3 fatty acids, and include minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus (per one once).
Many nutritionists want their clients to consume chia seeds to give added support to the immune system, increase cardiovascular health and protect the brain. Why not add them to your diet? Everyday we are told to increase your omega-3s (get tested to see your results) and chia seeds can also be the answer for those that don’t consume a lot of foods high in omega-3s. Vegetarians should seriously consider adding chia seeds to their diet.
What other benefits might you receive from incorporating chia seeds in your diet?
- high in antioxidants that fight free radicals
- high in fiber and low in carbs
- high in protein so may reduce appetite
- high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein
There are some studies that how eating chia seeds can lower triglycerides, inflammation, insulin resistance and blood pressure.
How would you use chia seeds in your diet?
- add to your morning cereal
- add them to your smoothies
- make chia pudding
- add as a thickener to any food
Be wary, some people experience bloating and/or gas if you eat too many or eat them raw. Start with small quantities and put them in liquid to soften them into a gel/slurry. This may help digesting them properly.
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