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The food value of chia seeds: What you need to know

by , 07 June 2017
The food value of chia seeds: What you need to know
Chia seeds are the newfound, welcome addition to everyone's diet. You've probably noticed them in smoothies and healthy puddings. But why is everyone suddenly obsessed with chia seeds? Because of the food value of chia seeds, of course!

These tiny morsels resembling poppy seeds are sprouting up in everyone's diets not only because they were once a staple in the diets of Mayans and Aztecs, but also because they pack a serious nutritional punch and have a shelf of two years (that's longer than some processed foods!).

Move over flax, chia seeds are in town! Read on for more on the food value of chia seeds...

The food value of chia seeds extends beyond the fact that they’re a total protein

There’s no doubt that chia seeds have pushed flax – and all other healthy seeds, for that matter – to the number two spot...
 
One of the most noteworthy nutritional benefits of chia seeds compared with other healthy seeds is that they’re a total source of protein, which makes them the perfect choice for vegans and vegetarians.

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Chia seeds are chockfull of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants and calcium

Apart from their rich protein content, chia seeds are also brimming with omega-3 fatty acids (AKA healthy fats), fibre, antioxidants and calcium.
 
Chia seeds are actually the ideal blend of both soluble and insoluble fibre, which essentially slows down your body’s process of breaking down foods to sugars, resulting in more blood sugars.
 
According to Harvard Health Publications, chia seeds may even have diabetes benefits. “A white-seeded variant of chia, called Salba, helped diabetic volunteers control their blood sugar, as well as their blood pressure and new markers of cardiac risk, such as C-reactive protein,” the study read.
 
Furthermore, chia seeds banish feelings of hunger. When these tiny seeds become moist in a liquid, they form a gel-like consistency. Then, once you eat them, they create a feeling of satiation. Because they have this ability, they’re also a fantastic ingredient to use in gluten-free baked goods, which often lack structure.

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