Chia Seed – Why Chia seeds are so good for you.

CHIA SEED

Chia seeds are really good for providing your normal dietary requirements of protein and are also excellent for growth and regeneration, specially useful for people that go to the gym regularly. Chia seeds provide 16.5g of protein per 100g.


Rich in essential Omega-3 fatty acids, the Chia seed has on average 19.3g of Omega-3 per 100g and Omega-3 helps to contribute towards the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels as well as helping to maintain normal heart function.
Chia seeds can also help with the maintenance of normal healthy blood sugar and help in weight control.

 


Why Not Try Chia Seed For Yourself?

Try this..
Mix a spoonful of seeds in a glass of water.
After about 10 minutes a gel will have formed and the Chia seeds are ready to eat.
Eating this gel forms a barrier that helps to slow the digestion of carbohydrates, which blunts the sugar spike you get from the digestion of carbohydrate packed foods.
There is no rapid rise in blood sugar and a steady trickle of glucose into the bloodstream which provides prolonged energy and holds off hunger for longer, a bonus for those of us trying to lose a few pounds.
Chia seeds help to lubricate and hydrate the intestines, making bowel movements easier, and Chia seeds can also be used to prolong the hydration in the body and maintain electrolyte balance.


Nutrients in Chia seeds.

Just 28g provides the following nutrients.
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams
(of the 9g of fat, 5g are from Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.

And that’s not all.. Chia seeds are also packed with;

Zinc.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin).
Potassium.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B2.


A Note on Fat Loss.

Rat studies have also shown that chia seeds can lower triglycerides, raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol and reduce inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat.
This needs to be considered against the fact that other tests have had no notable beneficial results.
While it is possible that chia seeds will help your health markers improve, it should be obvious that no one food can undo a bad diet and eating them should be considered part of a healthy diet.
One final note is that Chia seeds have an excellent low allergy potential. The gel that they form in water helps to coat the intestines and provide a protective barrier that prevents irritation of the intestines by any foods that may otherwise cause problems.


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Author: Bob Bird

3 thoughts on “Chia Seed – Why Chia seeds are so good for you.

  1. Very interesting. I’m looking to increase my zinc intake so these look useful for me. Can you eat these without soaking? Is it best to introduce them slowly?

    1. Hi and thanks for your question.
      I would strongly advise against eating dry chia seeds as they can get stuck in the throat before becoming gelatinous. the following quote is on several other sites.. “After eating a tablespoon of dry chia seeds with a glass of water, he developed trouble swallowing. Doctors who examined him in a nearby emergency room found a gel of wet chia seeds was blocking his esophagus, according to the researchers.” so please be careful.
      With regards to introducing them slowly, just drink enough water with them and you should be fine.
      Adults can eat 15 to 20 grams (approximately two to three tablespoons) of chia seeds, whole or ground, per day. This will provide the daily requirement for omega-3s. Children and teens from ages 10 to 18 can eat up to 10 grams of chia seeds per day. Children under 10 should not eat more than a tablespoon of chia seeds.
      Let me know how you get on.

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