Chia seeds are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the health food scene. These tiny black seeds are tasteless — and undergo a really cool gelatinous transformation when wet — so they’re easy enough to incorporate into your diet.
Chia seed is excellent for skin regeneration and also burns fat, strengthens the body and positively effects on the digestive organs.
If you’re looking to add more good-for-you foods into your diet, chia is a great ingredient to incorporate. Here are the five main reasons why:
1. They’re full of our favorite thing: antioxidants.
Antioxidants are good not only good for our cells — protecting them from the effects of free radicals — but they’re great for our skin, too. That could mean fewer wrinkles in the future.
2. A small serving of chia seeds has as much Omega-3 fatty acids in 2 tablespoons as 4 ounces of salmon.
It can be hard to get the recommended amount of Omega-3s without OD-ing on salmon. Chia seeds can help you give the filet a break.
3. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber, which is roughly 30 percent of the recommended daily intake. A high fiber diet is said reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases.
4. They are high in protein, too.
Four grams for each serving (which is two tablespoons). That might not sound like a lot, but it adds up.
5. Chia seeds contain loads of calcium.
This is great news for anyone who doesn’t like — or just can’t — do dairy. The seeds contain five times more calcium than milk per ounce.
Additional Chia Health Benefits
- Chia seeds also promote weight loss by fighting insulin resistance, which is linked to an increase in stomach fat.
- They contain an amino acid called Tryptophan, which helps regulate one’s appetite, improves sleep quality and overall mood. They can also help improve blood pressure in diabetics.
- Chia seeds are believed to prevent heart disease, enhance exercise performance and even reverse metabolic syndrome.
- Lowering triglycerides and supporting healthy cholesterol levels
- Lowering blood pressure and heart disease
- Anti-inflammatory activity
- Liver-protective properties
- Anti-diabetic action
- Protection against arthritis, autoimmune disease and cancer
How can we eat chia seeds?
Chia seeds have very mild and pleasant taste, the simplest way is to blend the seeds with some smoothie or to place them inside some vitamin, light salad or you can eat just them.
Soak them into water for 15 minutes, just enough to grow to a size that is 10 times larger than their usual appearance. Same as with the oatmeal, when the seed is larger, it is more likely that it will relieve you form the gut hormone which tells you that you are “full”.
When this seed is mixed with coconut milk and blend with almonds and pineapples becomes one very healthy and tasty treat. Also, you can add the seeds into the dough for bread or muffins.