Chia Seeds is grown in Mexico and is an ancient food. It was used by the Aztecs and Myans in their diets. Chia seeds were used in religious ceremonies. Its a member of the mint family. One of the top superfoods that is naturally high in omega 3 fatty acids. It adds a great addition to yogurts, cereal, smoothies, water, etc! Its a great snack! It has a neutral taste, but adds a nutty taste to your foods. They form a nice “gel” matrix when soaked in water, making them outstanding for smoothies and raw puddings!
(this is what chia seeds look like when they are soaked in water; they form a gel)
Chia seeds starves away hunger, promotes weight loss, balances blood sugar, helps prevent diverticulitis / diverticulosis, provides energy, contains omega 3 fatty acids, contains more antioxidants than blueberries, cut cravings for food, and fiber. It’s a great source of Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) an omega 3 essential fatty acid that helps with support normal cardiovascular function and fiber which helps support normal function in the digestion. Chia seeds are easily digestible. They work like an incredible digestive broom, sweeping through your intestinal tract, helping to dislodge and eliminate old accumulated waste in the intestines. In the traditional cultures like that of the Aztecs, chia was considered extremely valuable for healing. It’s great for detoxifying your body.
Its great for athletes who need that mega energy. Chia seeds are said to have two times the protein of any other seed or grain; five times the calcium of milk – plus boron, which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones; twice the potassium of bananas; three times the antioxidant strength of blueberries; three times more iron than spinach and copious amounts of omega 3 and omega 6!
Chia has been called a dieter’s dream food because when added to foods, it bulks them up, displacing calories and fat without diluting the flavour. In the traditional cultures like that of the Aztecs, chia was considered extremely valuable for healing.
WOW! Who would think that such a tiny seed would have do many benefits?! Chia is truly a powerhouse-superfood! It has so many other benefits, as well. So start incorporating chia seeds in your diets, especially if you are an athlete.
Did you know?
Chia seeds are the seeds used for growing Chia Pets! Ya know… “Ch-ch-ch-chia”
Who knew that the base of a fun household decoration is actually one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet?! Go figure.
Written By: Miliany Bonet
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