Chia seeds are becoming more popular these days and for good reason. They are truly a superfood. Chia seeds are an extremely nutritious and healthy snack that are easy to prepare and easy to digest. They are a great addition to any healthy diet. In fact, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on earth.
If you’re at all curious about whether you might want to start eating chia seeds too, read on.
Here are 13 Incredible Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds
1. Chia Seeds are Packed with Nutrition
Chia seeds are loaded with calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, B vitamins, and countless minerals.
2. Serious Energy Booster
Over a thousand years ago, Aztec and Mayan warriors would consume chia seeds before battling enemy forces. Ancient warriors would eat two scoops of chia seeds to cure fatigue. The energy boosts would give the Aztec and Mayan warriors a huge advantage over their enemies. While the consumption of chia seeds is well documented throughout history, some people still haven’t jumped on the chia seed wagon.
One tablespoon of chia seeds has been shown to provide a significant energy boost. Even highly caffeinated drinks and sports drinks cannot match the amount of energy that Chia seeds provide.
3. Good Source of Plant-Based Protein
Most highly trained athletes will tell you that protein is essential for the development and preservation of muscle. In fact, if you were to ask a marathon runner which plant-based foods are the best to consume before a run, he or she would most likely place chia seeds near the top of his or her list.
Fiber is responsible for keeping things moving in our digestion, maintaining proper blood sugar levels and also providing that full feeling. However, most foods that people eat are low in fiber, and that often leads to hunger. Luckily, chia seeds are loaded with fiber – lots of it. Almost the entire carbohydrate profile of chia seeds is fiber. Win!
5. Promotes Healthy Bowel Flora
Because of their super high fiber content, chia seeds help to feed the healthy bacteria in our gut.
6. Appetite Suppressant
Not only are chia seeds great for athletes who perform strenuous exercises on a daily basis, but chia seeds are great for people who want to lose weight as well. Chia seeds have been shown to reduce hunger.
7. Helps Prevent and/or Reverse Diabetes
Chia seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid which has been shown to help with diabetes. A study in rats showed that consuming chia seeds completely prevented the onset of insulin resistance and dyslipidemia (excess fat in the blood), both of which are associated with diabetes. The same study also showed that rats who ate chia seeds were able to recover from diabetes.
8. Loaded with Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important to overall health protecting our bodies from damage by free radicals. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants. Some experts believe that chia seeds contain more antioxidants than blueberries and blackberries. This means that chia seeds are great for your skin too.
Chia seeds are also great for inflammatory conditions, arthritis, and heart disease.
10. Chia Seeds Aid with Detox
Chia seeds are also great for detoxing the colon and eliminating toxins.
11. Mostly Non-GMO and Organic
Almost all chia seeds are grown organically and are non-gmo. That’s not to say that there may be some non-organic and GMO varieties out there, but for the most time, they are grown responsibly.
12. Gluten Free
Chia seeds are gluten free.
13. Helpful for the Heart
At least one study has been shown that consuming chia seeds reduces blood pressure. They have also been shown to regulate cholesterol as well and to reverse oxidative stress thereby reducing the chances of developing atherosclerosis.
How to Eat (or Drink) Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are often eaten in drinks such as kombucha and added to smoothies. Chia seed pudding is another delicious option. You can find it pre-made at many grocery stores and you can also make it yourself by combining the chia seeds with coconut milk and the flavoring of your choice, such as berries, vanilla or cinnamon. People also add chia seeds to baked goods or sprinkle it on yogurt.
IMPORTANT WARNING about Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds should be soaked before consumption because they expand in water. Likewise, if they are not soaked, they expand when they are eaten, and this can be very dangerous. It is not advisable to consume chia seeds raw and on their own.