If your first thought is “Chia Pets” you’re kind of right. Although many people have not heard of Chia seeds, most will have heard of Chia pets. This same seed is now popping up in health food stores, in the media and in conversations with our friends. You’ve to wonder, is this seed just another fad, with no true nutritional value? Is it just another expensive supplement to add to the list of things you have to have? I wanted to find out if chia truly did deserve the health hype. Here’s what I learned
Chia seeds are native to South America and have been part of the Aztec and Mayan diet for hundreds of years. In recent years, the natural health foods community has become very much interested in this ancient superfood for its powerful health benefits
How to use:
Chia seeds are a very interesting seed with some weird properties. It’s about the size of a sesame seed, and can be sprinkled on just about anything, from salads, eat them raw, oatmeal, yogurt, Stir it into juice to cereal…I’ve even added them to smoothies and stir-fries! They have a very mild flavor so they don’t alter the taste of whatever you’re using them in, which is great!
Early research suggests that consuming Chia seeds may improve some cardiovascular risk factors. it’s good for Weight Loss, Diabetes, Hydration, Heart Health and Colon Health. However, there is still limited research on Chia seeds. Further research needs to be conducted to determine its long-term benefits.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids — even more than flax. Also rich in protein, vitamin B complex, and biotin calcium, potassium and fiber. They also contain immune activating mucopolysaccharides and the antioxidant quercetin. They help to regulate blood sugar levels, thus curbing the desire to overeat.
Bottom line: There are many ways you can get omega-3 and fiber in your diet program. Fish such as salmon and flax seed have omegas. Whole grains, beans, and vegetables are full of fiber. However, Chia seeds can provide easy, flexible ways for you to have omegas and fiber every day—just by adding them to the foods you eat each day! Chia packs a lot of nutrition into a small serving, and is an easy way boost your fiber and plant-based omega-3 intake.