Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint family. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in those days. Despite their small size, chia seeds are packed full of important nutrients.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
- Digestive Health Chia is high in fiber, and has about 11 grams per ounce. Being high in dietary fiber, chia helps promote bowel regularity and healthy stool.
- Heart Health Chia seeds are anti-inflammatory, rich in Omega 3 and fiber and help regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure hence extremely beneficial to consume for heart health
- Aid in Weightloss The fiber in chia seeds absorbs large amount of water & expands in the stomach. Due to which people achieve satiety earlier & the appetite reduces. Thus it is a good option for people with a large appetite
- Stronger bones One ounce of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium, a fundamental mineral for bone health. It also contains Boron which helps metabolize calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus for healthy growth of bones and muscles
- Skin Health Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage. Taking chia seeds can prevent premature skin ageing due to inflammation free radical damage.
Fun Facts about Chia Seeds
- Higher in antioxidants than Blueberries
- 5X more calcium than milk
- 7X more Vitamin C than oranges
- 3X more iron than spinach
- 2X the potassium of bananas
- Gluten free
- Great for Diabetics as they help regulate blood sugars
- Green replacement for eggs
- High in protein, Fiber and Omega 3s
How to incorporate CHIA Seeds into your diet
- Chia seeds are relatively easy to find in any major supermarket and are only slightly smaller than a strawberry seed. They are black in color and have a very mild, nutty flavor
- You can eat them raw or cooked. Sprinkle chia seeds on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal or smoothies. Add them to baked goods like bread and muffins
- They are a great substitute for eggs in baking – you can mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, let them sit for a few minutes, and watch them turn into a gel that you can use as a substitute for eggs in baking.