Were you thinking of those chia pets when I wrote chia seeds? Don’t worry, I too thought of the chia pet back in the 90s. Just as I had put up an article for flax seeds, I was planning on an article about chia seeds and suddenly chia seeds are starting to show its face into the healthy living. Chia seeds contain more omega 3 than salmon, tons of potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, and are loaded with antioxidants. It’s a complete protein. Chia are native to South America and got its name from the Mayan word for “strength”. It was a staple food like corns and beans in the diets of the Mayans and Aztecs for centuries.
Chia seeds are great because they have the ultimate amount of nutrition with the least amount of calorie count. The benefits of eating chia seeds include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, protein, and many more. These little seeds come in a variety of colors: white, black, or a dark brown. One difference between the chia and flax seeds are that they can be eaten whole or milled. Flax seeds have to be grounded to gain its health benefits. Since the chia seeds can be consumed whole, this makes it easier for daily consumption.
Here are some of the great benefits of Chia Seeds
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Instead of taking supplements to get your daily dose of omega-3, try simply eating or drinking some chia seeds. It has 8 times the amount of omega-3 than salmon.
Rich in antioxidants which can help protect the body from cancer. Because of its richness in antioxidant, this makes it a very stable source of omega 3. Chia seeds are also a good source of vitamin Bs.
Hello there those looking for gluten-free products, look no further. These superseeds are gluten-free! Chia seeds have no gluten or grain, so you receive all of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.
It is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids. You can get up 20% protein with a 28 gram serving of chia seeds! Chia seed have more protein than traditional healthy cereals. Try sprinkling some onto your regular cereal and add more protein into your diet.
Up to three times the amount of iron. If you compare the iron content in chia seeds to other iron products suchas beef, it has up to 3 times more iron per 100 grams.
Tryptophan is an amino acid found in turkey that can also be found in chia seeds. You’ve heard rumors of how eating turkey gets you sleepy, that is pretty true. Tryptophan can help regulate sleep, mood and appetite. Chia seeds can help you feel full longer which can help decrease your overall cravings during those stressful times.
Chia seeds can give your body up to 18% of the daily intake per ounce. There seems to be known knowledge of calcium deficiency in those who practice the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, which can lead to fragile bones. By adding a little teaspoon of chia seeds, you’ll receive as much or more of calcium than milk can provide.
8. Regulates Blood Sugar Level
Amazing right? These chia seeds can actually have a positive impact in balancing blood glucose level. It can help regulate your insulin levels and decreases abnormally high levels of insulin in your blood. When chia seeds are soaked in a form of liquid it is shown to prevent blood sugar from spiking.
9. Egg Replacer
What now? An egg replacer? Yes! Chia seeds have been used as a replacement for eggs. When chia seeds are mixed into a liquid, it will gradually form a gel. This can be used in place of eggs to help lower cholesterol. To make the egg replacer, mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for about 15 minutes.
10. Strong teeth, bone, skin and hair
Natural foods to strengthen your teeth, bone, skin and hair. A serving of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily intake for calcium. This is great for maintaining your bone health.
To begin adding chia seeds into your diet, simply sprinkle them into your salad, cereal, or soups. Add them to a favorite baking recipe. Make a drink with it, such as coconut water or juice. Their pretty tasteless, so it will not affect the flavors of your food. The chia seeds are quite versatile and you should be able to have fun using them.
If you do consume chia seeds, make sure to get plenty of water into your system; they are packed in fiber. Because of the high content of antioxidant, this will allow you to store chia seeds for an extended period of time without it becoming rancid. Try adding chia seeds to your diet today and gain all of the great health benefits listed and more!