Chia seeds stake a claim as arguably the very first superfood, with legend having it Mayan and Aztec warriors would consume these seeds before battles or long runs to give them energy and sustain themselves during long periods of exertion.
These tiny seeds pack a powerhouse of nutrients, and it was said that just one spoonful of chia seeds were enough to sustain Mayan and Aztec runners and warriors for 24 hours.
Specifically, chia seeds are:
- Antioxidant-rich, helping protect your body from free radicals, which may prevent aging and some forms of cancer
- Rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce high cholesterol, making chia seeds a very “heart-healthy” food
- High in protein, with 4.4 grams of plant-based protein per ounce
- High in fiber, at 11 grams per ounce
- Rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and manganese, which can play key roles in promoting weight loss and regulating energy metabolism
- An excellent source of fiber, with a whopping 10 grams in only 2 tablespoons. In fact, just one serving of Chia seeds provides the recommended fiber intake for a day, according to the American Dietetic Association
- Able to absorb up to 10x their own weight in water, which aids in staying well hydrated and promoting the nutrient absorption of electrolytes
Chia Seeds Pack One Powerful Health Punch
Calorie for calorie, chia seeds may be one of the healthiest foods on the planet, as they pack all of these essential and health-fortifying nutrients into an easily-digestible, gluten-free, low-sugar snack.
Chia seeds are also a great food to help you maintain a healthy weight. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”8825″]
The high levels of fiber and protein, combined with the way the outer chia seeds expand with water up to ten times their original size to form a gel-like consistency, help chia seeds provide a high level of satiety, which is the feeling of being full and not wanting to eat more.
This helps with appetite suppression and lowers the potential for food cravings between meals when less healthy snack options tend to be consumed more frequently than at other times.
The soluble fiber in chia seeds also serves as a highly beneficial prebiotic that helps feed and promote the growth of healthy probiotics in your gut.
The benefits of chia seeds even extend to burning belly fat!
Studies have shown that regular consumption of chia seeds can help reduce visceral adipose tissue, which is the belly fat tissue most responsible for your body’s metabolism.
Adding Chia Seeds to Your Diet
While Chia seeds can be eaten in their natural form, the best ways to consume them is by either first soaking them in water or another liquid or grinding them and then sprinkling them over a salad or similar dish or adding them into a smoothie or drink.
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If you are interested in adding Chia Seeds to your nutrition plan you can find them as well as many other healthy snack ideas by tapping the follow link: Healthy Snacks.
However you decide to use chia seeds in your diet, just know that you’ll be doing your body and overall health a big favor by doing so!
Shaun “Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!” Hadsall
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