Behold the AMAZING Chia seed! Chia seeds were a staple of the Aztec and Mayan diets because of their ability to provide sustainable energy.
How can something so tiny have such a BIG impact on your health? These little nuggets of goodness are touted to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet with benefits ranging from digestive health to helping lower blood sugar in diabetics.
TOP 5 REASONS TO ADD CHIA SEEDS TO YOUR DIET:
- Stronger Teeth And Bones
A serving of chia seeds has 20 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts you well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.
Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.
- Combat Diabetes
Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.
- Appetite Control Chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb your appetite, so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density (or calories) of foods.
- Pack In The Protein
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.
Here is a GREAT way to use chia seeds. Check out this recipe for chia seed jam!