Chia Seeds: A Simple Way to Nourish Yourself
Simple is a great word for chia. The seeds are tiny but powerful, and adding them to your food is simple.
The subtle taste of chia means you can add it to anything you already enjoy and it won't affect the flavour whatsoever. This is only one of the many reasons why chia has become so popular as a health food. Here's why else these little black and white seeds are so reknowned. Chia is:
High in omega-3 fatty acids
Chia is among the highest plant sources of omega-3 in the world. Our bodies need omega-3s for brain function, heart health, and many other biological functions.
High in fibre
We need fibre in our diets to keep our digestive systems healthy. Chia provides 5g of fibre in every 15g serving. It goes a long way toward keeping your digestion running smoothly.
More people are diagnosed with gluten intolerance and try to avoid it in their diets. Chia is naturally gluten-free, so it's great for people who have problems with gluten.
A complete protein
Chia has all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair of body cells. This is unusual in a plant. Chia is a great way for vegetarians to get their complete proteins. It contains all nine essential amino acids that are needed for building complete cells.
High in vitamins and minerals
Chia provides high levels of calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, folic acid and many other vitamins and minerals that are needed for various functions in the body.
100 percent natural
Chia provides lots of nutrients, completely naturally. Instead of popping pills, you can eat chia and get nutrition that your body needs.
Helps to keep the heart healthy
The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and fibre help reduce cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and protect against cardiovascular disease.
Helps prolong endurance
Chia has long been known for it's endurance benefits. The seeds release energy slowly, helping to prolong endurance.
Helps balance blood sugar levels
Chia's hydrophilic - water absorbing - properties help reduce sugar (and energy) peaks and troughs, helping people to balance their blood sugar levels naturally. When you eat chia, it forms a barrier inside the stomach because it forms a physical gel. This barrier helps the slow release of glucose into the bloodstream. Chia can easily be added to everyday foods. Why not try mixing it into breakfast cereal, blending it into a smoothie or even hiding it in your sandwich! This is an extract from Cooking with Chia For Dummies, A Wiley Brand.