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There's a wrong and right way of eating chia seeds

by , 16 July 2015

Chia seeds have been on everyone's minds these days. And there's good reason behind it!

The tiny seeds are high in protein, fibre, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3s. They're a great blended into a smoothie, or sprinkled on top of a healthy pudding.

But here's something you didn't know: When it comes to eating chia seeds, there's a right and a wrong way of doing so. One man recently learned the hard way!

Are you eating chia seeds the “wrong” way? If you are, you're risking intense dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Ouch! Read on to find out more…

Case study finds that eating dry chia seeds might be harmful

In one patient case study, one man experienced difficulty swallowing after ingesting a tablespoon of dry chia seeds and chasing it with water.
 
Nutritionists tout chia seeds for weight loss because they expand multiple times their size in water, and help you feel fuller for longer. However, taking down a try tablespoon and chasing it back with H20 isn’t going to lead to a comfortable experience, since they don’t have time to reach your stomach to expand.

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Here’s the right way of eating chia seeds

Nutritionists suggest soaking the seeds in water before you eat them. This is the “safe” way. After they’re soaked, chia seeds develop a gelatinous coating, which some raw foodists believe helps them move swiftly through your digestive track.
 
Other evidence suggests that consuming ground chia seeds, rather than whole seeds, allows more ALA (the plant form of omega-3 fatty acids) to reach your bloodstream.
 
With all that said though, there’s limited scientific research to which method is truly the best when it comes to nutrient absorption.
 

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