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Chia Seeds: Not Just for Clay Statues Anymore!

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on Monday, 03 February 2014 in Health & Nutrition

 

chiaseedsI’ve been bombarded with information and recommendations for adding chia seeds to my diet, and I finally got around to researching and trying it this week. Now I get why everyone is talking about it!

Most famously known as the seeds that sprout on clay statue heads to create green fuzz, chia seeds are now getting the spotlight for their nutrition. Chia seeds have been most often compared to flax seeds because they both provide omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to heart related benefits. The major difference between the two seeds is that flaxseeds need to be ground in order to make the omega-3s available for digestion in the body, but chia seeds can be eaten whole to get the same result.

General nutrition information for chia seeds: one ounce (2 tbsp) provides about 140 calories, 4 grams protein (and its complete protein!), 9 grams fat, 12 grams carb, 11 grams fiber (wow), as well as vitamins and minerals.

Now how should one eat these whole chia seeds? You have two options, either dry and use as a topping in salads, trail mix, etc. or add to any liquid and watch it turn into a gel.

Chia seeds have been touted as a weight loss aid by many companies. Most credible research has seen no effect on weight management. From my perspective, it could play a role in any diet as a way to incorporate a higher protein, higher fiber, more nutrient dense food into a person’s day. Try it for yourself and see if chia seeds work in any of your favorite dishes!

 

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