With all their attention in recent years, most people are at least moderately aware of the term Superfood and some of the most common ones, like chia seeds, for example. There are those that embrace it and are throwing chia seeds in things left and right from coffee to meatloaf! Then there are others who aren’t quite sure if it’s really worth the break in their routine and recipes. Well, here are a few facts to keep you educated and in-the-know, so you can decide for yourself.
1. HIGH IN NUTRIENTS, LOW IN CALORIES
1 ounce (28 grams or about 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds contains:
Fiber: 11 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega3s, the essential fatty acids that reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, etc.)
Calcium: 18% of the RDA
Manganese: 30% of the RDA (Trace mineral associated with bone production, skin integrity, blood sugar control,and free radical protection)
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
Also contain decent amounts of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2
All this and ONLY 137 calories!
Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is actually related to mint. They have been used for centuries by tribes like the Aztecs and Mayans as a viable energy source. The word “chia” actually means “strength” in ancient Mayan language. Their high levels of protein and essential fatty acids provide an excellent source of of sustainable energy, making them ideal for athletes and people with an active lifestyle.
3. High in ANTIOXIDANTS
We know that the benefit of antioxidants is that they help protects us against the buildup of free radicals which damage our cells and are related to aging and diseases such as cancer.
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4. LOWCARB Friendly
For those of you wary of your carb consumption, you’ll be happy to know that in a 1 ounce serving of chia seeds there is ONLY ONE true carb, the rest is fiber, which isn’t digested by the body and doesn’t raise blood sugar. All this fiber also allows these seeds to absorb a tremendous amount of water which allows them to expand in your stomach and keep you fuller longer.
5. Great Source of PROTEIN and WEIGHT LOSS!
Chia seeds contain a higher amount of quality protein than many other plant food sources. The key to protein as a macronutrient is that it is one of the best factors in reducing appetite and food cravings, so if weight loss is something that you are looking for than chia seeds can assist you in that department as well.
6. Good for BONE HEALTH
Chia seed contain high levels of several nutrients that are key in relation in bone health, including calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.
7. They Are EASY to EAT!
Chia seeds have relatively little flavor, so they won’t change the taste of your food! They do add a thicker texture, but unless you are extremely picky about texture they shouldn’t bother you a bit. Try adding them to your smoothies, salads, oatmeal, baked goods etc. The sky’s the limit!
Hope you enjoyed this little burst of information and nutritional health. Thanks for your interest in the NAKOA Lifestyle! #nakoanutrition
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