Chia seeds are one of the most popular healthy foods in the US and its popularity skyrocketed in recent years. These little seeds are nutritious, easy on the stomach and simple to prepare and we’ll tell you why you need to include them in your diet if you already haven’t.
Chia seeds are a nutritional treasure, packed with versatile ingredients and health beneficial properties. They’re rich in omega 3 fats, which are often confused with omega 6 fats but are quite different. Omega 3s can be found, aside from chia, in fish oil, kiwi seeds and flax seeds while the omega 6 can be found in nuts, avocado and vegetable oils. It’s very important that you have a balance between these two types of unsaturated fats but since most of our food is richer in omega 6s we often lack the omega 3s to achieve the balance. That’s where chia seeds come in, with their abundance of omega 3s, to restore the balance in your body.
Chia seeds are good for digestion
Chia seeds can be highly beneficial for your digestive system but only if you prepare them correctly. Soak them in some water and leave them for about 30 minutes. They will increase in size due to the water, soak it in and turn into jelly like substance. Chia seeds are rich in fiber and their glutinous texture (after soaking) makes it easier for them to move through your body and clean it up as they go.
They also boost faster carbohydrates breakdown by slowing down the action of enzymes on the carbs.
Chia seeds are nutritionally versatile
These little seeds were the staple of the Aztecs’ diet thanks to their amazing ability to give endurance. They contain a whopping number of 19 amino acids, almost all of the amino acids actually except for taurine.
- They’re abundant in dietary fiber so they’re good for promoting digestion and preventing digestive issues
- They are gluten-free
- Contain twice the amount of potassium found in bananas
- Contain 3 times the iron content in spinach
- Contain 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
- Contain 5 times more calcium than milk
- Contain 8 times the omega 3 fats found in salmon
- Contain 20% omega 3 ALA which is why they’re excellent for your brain and heart
- Abundant in antioxidants
- They are consisted of 20% protein
- They can easily substitute eggs in your diet. Soak them in water to create the jelly and add them to any recipe that requires an egg
- Promote nail, hair and skin quality
- And finally, chia seeds can help you regulate your glucose levels which is why they’re recommended to diabetics.
How to add chia seeds to your diet
Adding chia to your diet is simple because they go well with everything. You can grind them and sprinkle them over any meal you like. Soak them in some water or juice and make a Mexican fresh chia or sprinkle them over your salad. You can also add them to your baked goods, sweets, muffins and so on. There are thousands of chia recipes available online, just use your imagination and we’re sure you’ll find the best recipe for you.
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