Chia seeds are tiny black or white seed that contain lots of the good things.
Protein, oil, dietary fiber, high concentrations of
omega-3 fatty acids, and the famous antioxidants.
They have 15 more times the level of magnesium than broccoli, three times more iron than spinach, six times more calcium than milk, and two times more potassium than bananas.
Pretty impressive isn’t it!
Chia seeds for weight loss
When chia seeds are soaked for at least 30 minutes, they will absorb 9-12 times their weight in water. But the question still remains, do you have to chew chia seeds to get the most benefits?
Chew or swallow chia seeds?
If you decide to chew chia seeds, be aware that they will get stuck in your teeth! But don’t worry, they do not need to be chewed to be digested. Whole chia can be eaten without pre-grinding. They do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body.
Health benefits of chia seeds
While chia seeds boast some impressive nutritional benefits, because they are tasteless they can be added to almost any snack or dish. Mix them with a smoothie, let them set in almond milk to morph into a pudding-like consistency, or add them to cereal, salad or granola.
Not sure where to buy your chia? Check your local organic/health for store or supermarket or even buy them online. Pick up a packet when you are out next time and give them a go!
More Chia seed facts and important information
- Will Chia Seeds Help Me Loose Weight?
- 20 Healthy Foods That Contain Zinc (hint: Chia is one of them)
- 50 Ways To Use Chia Seeds
- Potential side effects of eating Chia Seeds
- Grow Your Own Chia Seeds at Home!
- How to eat Chia seeds without getting bloated