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Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are big on the health food scene. If you are someone who tries to eat healthier, you probably have tried a chia seed recipe or two. The tiny black seeds are tasteless, go through a gelatinous transformation when wet and are easy to incorporate into your diet. But not many of us have any idea why you we are actually consuming chia seeds, what are its benefits, and how should they be consumed, or even if it’s really worth all the hype.
Chia is a great ingredient and here’s why:
They’re full of 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.
A small serving of chia seeds has as much Omega-3 fatty acids in two tablespoons as four ounces of salmon. It can be hard to get the recommended amount of Omega-3s without eating tons of salmon. Chia seeds come to the rescue. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
They are loaded with fiber. Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber, which is roughly 30% of the recommended daily intake. A high fiber diet is said reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases. Fiber is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. Two tablespoons of chia seeds make up one-third of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day.
They are high in protein. Four grams for each serving (which is two tablespoons). That might not sound like a lot, but it adds up.
Chia seeds contain loads of calcium. This is great news for anyone who doesn’t like dairy. The seeds contain five times more calcium than milk per ounce.
Use it creatively in smoothies, in your muesli, on your salad, in puddings, soups, crackers and gravies!