Seems like there is yet another trend that is going around these days called chia seeds. When I think of chia seeds the song Ch-ch-ch-chia goes through my head however, they are no longer just for your chia pet. With all the trending going on with the chia seed, one would wonder, what are the benefits of chia seeds?
Chia means strength and this micro tiny seeds could actually be good for you. They are from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. They are packed with everything that is good for you. In fact, one ounce, which is about 2 tablespoons, contains about 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber. Now if you are a weight watcher, those calories add up, but remember there is a great deal of fiber in these little seeds.
Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. In fact in a single one-ounce serving, it has almost five grams. Omega fatty three helps the heart, weight loss, lowers cholesterol, relieves joint pain and is a great aid in fighting depression.
Dieters everywhere are reaching for these little seeds to fill them up and lose weight. These little seeds have a very high fiber content and can hold up to twenty times their weight in water, so when they're mixed with liquid they plump up which means filling you up.
Man does not live in chia alone, so add these to foods such as morning shakes, as a fill for certain dishes, sprinkled on salads, to thicken soups, added in cereals or yogurt. In addition, they are great at stabilizing blood sugar thus it can help fight insulin resistance. That is because of the soluble fiber which helps to stabilize blood glucose levels.
The chia seed is not only loaded with omega fatty three oils, they are a great source of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron and are loaded with fiber and packed with antioxidants. It is hard to believe these little seeds pack such a wallop.
Like anything there are some side effects. Consuming too many chia seeds could decrease blood pressure in older people. In addition, Chia also gives you a considerable source of B vitamins, so do not take a B supplement if you are doing chia seeds. If you are prone to diverticulitis, avoid these seeds!
Chia seeds can be expensive and I have found that some of the best ones and the more affordable ones can be found at your local COSTCO store. Also in Tucson Sprouts have them, however, I think a little pricey, but buying in bulk can help with the pocket book.
Over all the latest trend, the chia seed does seem to have some validity in it and can be good for your health. There seems to be great benefits of chia seed. For me, I use chia seeds at least three times a week in my protein shake and normally feel good energy for the day. So try these little seeds and see how they make you feel, there are really good benefits of chia seeds.