Having been around for a long time, chia seeds have proven health benefits! If all you can think about right now is the Chia Pet you had as a kid, we're here to give you a whole new association! Having originally been cultivated by the Aztecs, chia has become a major part of healthy diets the world over. Here are 5 ways
chia seeds can benefit you!
1. Chia seeds have a high fiber content
Chia seeds contain carbohydrates, but around 95% of it is in the form of fiber. This carb source won't impact insulin levels the same way a starch would so it is useful in keeping blood sugar stable. This fiber is also useful in the maintenance of healthy gut bacteria, it aides digestion and absorption while making you feel fuller, longer.
2. Chia seeds are high in omega-3
While not as potent as the EPA and DHA found in fish, chia seeds contain alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), that can be beneficial to your health. ALA is considered a heart healthy nutrient with studies showing that it can help fight heart disease.
3. Chia seeds are high in protein
By weight, chia seeds are 11% protein which is pretty amazing for a plant source. They also contain a lot of the essential amino acids which means they are extremely beneficial to vegetarians and vegans. Chia seeds rank right up there with quinoa as being wonderful plant based protein sources!
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4. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients
A 1 ounce serving of chia seeds contains:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 4 grams of protein
- 5 grams of omega 3
- 18 per cent of the RDA for calcium
- 30 per cent of the RDA for manganese
- 27 per cent of the RDA for phosphorus
- Vitamin B1, B2 and B3
5. Chia seeds can help people with type-2 diabetes
The high fiber and protein content in chia helps stabilize blood sugar levels which is extremely important for type-2 diabetics! Recent research has also found that chia has the ability to improve blood pressure in diabetics as well.
There you have it, major health boost from a tiny little seed! Chia seeds make an easy addition to some of the things you are already eating like smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, salads and soups. They are relatively flavourless so you can add them without changing the taste of your dishes. They also make a really great pudding. Add a few tables spoons to some almond milk with a dollop of honey, cover and leave in the fridge overnight and your set!
Are you convinced? Will you be adding chia seeds to your diet?
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