Chia Seeds are one of the healthiest and super foods available in almost all grocery stores. Although scientific evidence is still lacking, chia seeds are FDA approved. Chia seeds are plant based seeds which are high in protein, fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and calcium and are a good source of antioxidants.
It is said that chia seeds help in losing weight by curbing hunger pangs. It is whole grain in nature and absorbs water in great quantity. Hence when consumed you may feel full for a longer period of time and eat less which may result in weight loss.
Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight, which makes them the best source of fiber. By weight chia seeds are 14% protein which makes them a must food to be included in our healthy diet. Protein is an essential part of our diet because it keeps us full for longer time and thereby promotes weight loss.
Chia seeds are gluten free and have been found as egg replacer also, which may help in lowering cholesterol.
Chia seeds play a significant role in regulating insulin levels and have been considered great for lowering high blood pressure as well. Chia seeds also slow down the speed in which our body breaks the carbohydrates which in turn stabilizes the blood sugar level.
1 tbsp. of chia seeds contains 60 calories and has 0% cholesterol and no sodium content.
Chia seeds can be eaten in raw form. For example sprinkle on salads, cereals, yogurt or blend in smoothies. I have shared some smoothie recipes which include chia seeds in my blog. For example – Pear Spinach Mango Smoothie, Colorful Spring Smoothie, Colorless Pomegranate Smoothie. They can also be used for baking thereby enhancing the nutritional value of the baked foods. Chia seeds can also be consumed by soaking in water for few minutes and then drinking it.