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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

When I think of chia seeds, besides being hungry, I think of those commercials for the pet!!  

But………

Research has found that the chia seeds benefits are even greater than anyone had realized.

The benefits of chia seeds include;  promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, and more.

Chia seeds have a history reaching back to the Aztec times!

Chia seeds contain essential fatty acids like alpha-linolenic (an essential omega 3 fatty acid- needed for basic growth & development) and linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid- used for the development of cell membranes),  vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese..

Approximately 1 OUNCE – (2 Tablespoons) serving of chia seeds has;

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: approximately 5 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams- don’t let that number scare you – 5 of which are Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.

And less than 150 calories!

So many benefits from this plentiful seed!

Some of the things they may help with:

  1. Stronger bones!! One serving size of 1oz has 18% of your recommended daily allowance of calcium.
  2. They are an awesome source of plant protein at aprox 5 grams per ounce.  
  3. Skin health & body health due to their amount of antioxidants -(a molecule that inhibits oxidation/damage in the body).  
  4. They can help with your digestive health because of their high fiber content- they may also even help with blood sugar levels.
  5. With the omega 3 fatty acids present, these little delights may help with heart health

I personally have added them to yogurt, smoothies, casserole dishes- my children didn’t know they were getting an extra dose of calcium & protein!

 

Are there any downside to chia? If you have food allergies (especially to sesame or mustard seeds) or are on high blood pressure medications or blood thinners, you should ask your primary care physician or practitioner before adding chia to your diet.

Also, I am aware of people that will drink these seeds in a glass of water, just be sure to drink them before they soak up all the water in your glass.

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