Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. They are now being sold online and in health food stores as a weight loss aid and energy booster. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body and they have a mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel. In reality, chia seeds are supposed to expand in your belly, helping you to feel full, eat less, and ultimately shed pounds.
Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds have become the latest trend in helping you lose weight. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
They can also help by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel in your stomach.
Many athletes today and years ago have been using Chia seeds for hydration because the “chia gel” can hydrate the body.
There’s evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don’t need to be ground up.
They gluten/grain free naturally.
Chia seeds may be eaten raw or prepared in a number of dishes.
Chia seeds may be ground into Pinole, a meal that can be used for porridge or baked goods.
The essential fatty acids found in chia seeds promote efficient nerve transmission.
The antioxidants along with minerals and vitamins keep you youthful and improve the condition of your hair and skin making you look younger.
Eating water soaked chia seeds is also known to cleanse the digestive system by eliminating junk build up from the intestines. It also helps you get rid of toxins in the digestive tract.
Chia seeds do not have a very strong taste unlike other seeds, such as flax seeds, which is why they can be easily used in various recipes without damaging the original taste.
It is advised to consult with your physician before include chia seed in your diet as some have experienced various side effects of chia seeds, such as, gastrointestinal problems, allergies, and blood pressure disorders. Pregnant and lactating mother, people under medication, and those not well should consult their doctor before making it a part of the daily diet. The recommended daily amount of chia seeds includes just two spoonfuls every day for adults and one tablespoon for children below 10 in any form can help you stay healthy and fit. Gives you more energy throughout the day to deal with your day to day adventures.
Quick & Delicious Chia Seed Recipe:
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
1.5 cups frozen raspberries
3 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. water
First, heat the raspberries in a bit of water for about 3-4 minutes allowing them to blend well. Then if still needed, crush them with a fork.
Add the chia seeds, honey and water and stir to combine.
Then pour the mixture into a jar, put the lid on and refrigerate it for at least an hour.