The name chia originates from the Aztec word “chian” for “oily”, which implies for the high concentration of omega-3 acids in the seeds. Omega-3 acids can also found in fish oils, flax seeds, and kiwi seeds, and the balance between them and omega-6 oil is essential for our overall health.
Chia seeds are great for our digestion since they are plentiful in fibre, and when soaked in water, they form a gel-like liquid that flows through the body and cleanses it. Furthermore, it prevents the break down of carbohydrates in the body by slowing down the action of the enzymes on the carbs.
Many health-conscious people around the world love chia seeds due to its incredible nutritional value and many beneficial characteristics.
According to Rachael Link, MS, RD:
“Each serving contains a small amount of chia seeds calories but is rich in protein, fibre, manganese, phosphorus, and calcium. Plus, chia seeds also include other essential micronutrients and antioxidants that are important to health as well.
One ounce of chia seeds contains roughly:
12.3 grams carbohydrates
4.4 grams protein
8.6 grams fat
10.6 grams of dietary fibre
0.6-milligram manganese (30 per cent DV)
265 milligrams phosphorus (27 per cent DV)
177 milligrams calcium (18 per cent DV)
1-milligram zinc (7 per cent DV)
0.1-milligram copper (3 per cent DV)
44.8 milligrams potassium (1 per cent DV)
In addition to these benefits chia seeds also carry several vital fatty acids; vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and vitamin D; and minerals, such as iron, iodine, magnesium, niacin, and thiamine.”
Here are some essential facts about the great chia seeds:
It’s gluten-free and also loaded in antioxidants
It is rich in dietary fibre.
Chia seeds carry 19 amino acids, with all of the necessary amino acids except taurine.
Chia seeds have 20% protein
Chia contains eight times more omega-3 than salmon
It has seven times higher vitamin C content than oranges
Chia has five times higher calcium content than milk.
Chia has three times more iron than spinach.
It has twice the potassium content of a banana.
Chia’s 20% omega-3 ALA content promotes brain and heart health.
Chia controls blood glucose levels.
Chia promotes skin, nails, and hair health.
The best and easiest way to take chia is mixing it with a glass of water. However, you can also add it to your fruit juices, baking goods, protein bars, smoothies, salads, or any other dish.
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