You might be asking yourself; what are those? For anyone that has been remotely interested in health and fitness, then you might have come across the name. It could have been mentioned that it can be taken with your water or in your breakfast cereal. Chia seeds are essentially the edible seeds of a flowering sage plant known as Salvia hispanica. It is known to have originated from Mexico and Central America. They are oval and gray with black and white spots and have a diameter of 1 mm. Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients. Here are some of the proven health benefits of Chia seeds.
- High Nutrients, Low Calories
Do not be fooled by the size of the chia seed – it is packed with loads of nutrients. As a matter of fact, “Chia” means strength in ancient Mayan – where it originated from. It is also a whole grain food, not genetically modified and is gluten free.
- Antioxidants in Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are known to have high amounts of antioxidants which have been proven to fight the production of free radicals and in extension keeping aging and diseases like cancer at bay. Free radicals also damage cell molecules.
- Carbs in Chia Seeds are Fiber
For every ounce of Chia seeds, 12 grams are carbs out of which 11 grams are fiber. Your body does not digest fiber. Fiber does not raise blood sugar levels and it does not require insulin to get rid of. This essentially makes Chia seeds an important low-carb food to incorporate in your diet if you are trying to lose weight.
- High Quality Protein
By weight, 14% of the Chia seed is proteins which are relatively high when compared to the amount of protein in most plants. They also have a good amount of essential amino acids from which our bodies can extract protein. Protein has been proven to reduce appetite as well as the obsessive thoughts about food and snacking at night.
- High Omega-3 Fatty Acids Content
Just like flaxseeds, Chia seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids. When compared to salmon, Chia seeds has more Omega-3 fatty acids gram for gram. These fatty acids are known to prevent heart disease.
Chia seeds also reduce chronic inflammation, blood sugar levels and are high in important bone nutrients. Chia seeds are also very easy to incorporate into your diet. You can take them with your water, in your fresh fruit juice, yoghurt, a bowl of fruit or to thicken your soup. These are just some of the proven health benefits of chia seeds. They can be bought from supermarkets and cereal shops.
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