Often referred to as a “superfood” or functional food chia seeds have been become increasingly more popular in the media as of lately.
Nutritionally chia seeds are rich in…
- Polyunsaturated fat, as omega-3 fatty acids
In fact, chia seeds are the richest plant source of omega- fatty acids and are considered a complete protein.
When eaten as a part of nutritionally balanced diet chia seeds may improve cardiovascular health. Due to the high levels of fibers within chia, they may also help to lower LDL cholesterol and slow down digestion. In other words, keeping blood sugar levels stabilized, in addition, to making your body feel full longer.
It is recommended to eat chia seeds whole instead of grinding them but if ground nutritional value is not lost. One of the great benefits of chia seeds is that they are an extremely versatile ingredient. You can add chia seeds to your cereals, baked goods, and yogurts.
Do not eat dry chia seeds by themselves as they can swell and cause blockages within the esophagus. It’s advised to enjoy them with moist food because of this. Eating them pre-moistened can help to improve the overall texture of the seeds which can make them less detectable.
If you’re on the fence about how to incorporate chia seeds into your diet play around with recipes. Who knows? You might find that chia seeds make better food than chia pets