5 Benefits of Chia Seeds

5 Benefits of Chia Seeds

Everywhere I look, people are buying, eating, BREATHING, chia seeds. It’s become one of those health kicks that everyone wants a piece of and to add it to their meals in hopes of getting a good Instagram-able picture. But does everyone who’s eating it, KNOW the benefits that chia provides?  Probably not – so I’ll educate you a little bit on what I think are the important facts of chia

  1. Source of Omega-3 fatty acids and Fiber: The oil in the chia seeds contain more than 60% Omega-3, and they don’t have to be ground up to get the full benefits. So if you’re someone who doesn’t like to eat salmon or fish, chia is a great way to get the Omega-3’s that you need. They also provide a large amount of fiber – 14 grams per ¼ cup, which is 20% more than flax seeds provide.
  2. Prevents Blood Sugar Spikes: The gelling action of the chia seeds slows down digestion within the body, which helps release, a slower and constant flow of energy throughout your body. This prevents those tired slumps you might get throughout the day after a large meal. This also helps to prevent diabetes by regulating the blood sugar levels and slowing down absorption.
  3. Feel Full Without Overeating: Chia seeds can create a gel like substance when mixed with water, milk, or yogurt. They expand both in size and weight, keeping you full after a meal. The gel substance is produced when the seed mixes with water, thus no added calories!
  4. Source of Protein: Although it doesn’t contain as many grams of protein as chicken or a protein shake would, a small amount of chia seeds (28 grams) has almost 5 grams of protein in it. You can easily add this to a meal that doesn’t have protein in it to supplement it i.e. oatmeal or a salad
  5. Antioxidants: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, similar to blueberries. The antioxidants also allow them to have a longer shelf life, without going bad.

While chia seeds have many of these benefits, there is also a lot of promotion going around to exploit the huge health and fitness market and make a lot of money. All the statements that you hear may or may not be true, so it is important to make sure you’re not relying on foods such as chia seeds to be your “quick fix” to losing weight and getting healthy. It takes much more than just than that to get to where you want to be. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to add chia to your meals to get the benefits that it does provide! I buy my bag from Costco – almost 1 kg of chia for $15! And it lasts for ages.

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