You’ve probably heard all the hype around chia seeds and their status as a ‘superfood’, but have you ever considered why they might be so good for you? If you’ve been reluctant to add these little guys to your shopping list we’ve listed some reasons why you should!
Chia seeds were once a staple food of the Aztec people, loved for their nutritious properties. They are rich in micronutrients such as fibre, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are all beneficial in the human diet.
There are many benefits to consuming chia seeds as part of your diet. These include and are not limited to the following:
Chia seeds are great for your gut. Boasting a huge 36.00 grams of fibre per 100 grams, one serving of chia seeds can provide the recommended fibre intake for the day. Fibre has a range of benefits including regulating bowel movements, balancing blood sugar levels, and lowering cholesterol.
Fibre can also lead to satiety, which may reduce the temptation to snack in between meals.
Chia seeds are packed full of antioxidants. Antioxidants can speed up the skin’s repair systems and can prevent damage from over exposure to external irritants such as UV, pollution and cigarette smoke, as well as premature skin aging.
Chia seeds provide incredible amounts of micronutrients – the vitamins and minerals required by your body to perform at an optimal level. A serving of 2-tablespoons has more than 10 percent of the daily recommended intake of thiamine, niacin, iron, copper and calcium and more than 20 percent of the Daily recommended intake of selenium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium.
These micronutrients have a range of different benefits for the human body such as maintaining a healthy nervous system and improving cardiovascular function (thiamine and niacin), maintaining strong bones (calcium and phosphorous), energy production (magnesium), absorption of nutrients and production of digestive enzymes (manganese), as well as many more.
Omega-3s work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation. Inflammation can put strain on blood vessels and cause heart disease. By munching down on some chia seeds, you can help boost and protect your heart thanks to the amazing properties of omega-3s.
There are so many ways you can add chia seeds to your diet. You can mix chia seeds with water to form an egg or oil replacement; sprinkle them into smoothies, cereal or yogurt to add fibre and nutrients; or use them to make non-dairy puddings and thicken soups.
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