Chia is known as a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, and fortunately it’s an easy food to add to your diet. This tiny little seed — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black color — also has huge nutritional benefits. Chia seeds contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats.
As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits.
When you’re buying chia, both the white and black seeds are good choices. Make sure you’re getting a good quality product by avoiding either red seeds (immature chia seeds), or black seeds that are smaller than regular chia seeds (weed seeds). They are available from many different health food stores and supermarkets across the country.
So once you’ve got your seeds, how to you add them to your diet? Since they’re tasteless, you can add them to pretty much everything. Sprinkle on salads, or add them to smoothies (my personal favorite). Sprinkle on desserts or add to pancake batter. And like the television commercials for Chia Pets says, you can even sprout chia seeds and eat it that way too!
Here are ten additional ways chia seeds are good for your body and your hair:
- Combat Diabetes
Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.
- Get More Dietary Fiber
Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fiber — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fiber, which is important for digestive health.
- Stock Up On Omega-3
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. Researchers say there is better conversion of omega-3s than with flax seed.
- Stronger Teeth And Bones
A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.
- Don’t Forget Manganese
Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.
- Plenty Of Phosphorus
With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.
- Pack In The Protein
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.
- Fight Belly Fat
Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong.Com. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.
- Get Full. Faster
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
- Improve Heart Health
According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker!
Try this easy to make shake.
Chia Shake – Makes 1 (24-oz) serving
- 2 cups unsweetened almond or cashew or Hemp milk
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Powdered or liquid stevia to sweeten
Stir chia seeds into nut milk in a glass. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of the liquid and begin to create a gel. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, sweetening it to your taste. .
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