What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are whole-grain edible seeds. They have a very mild and somewhat nutty flavour. Due to this special characteristic, they can be incorporated in several dishes enhancing the nutritive value. There are many ways Chia seeds are used in day to day life. Some like them sprinkled on their breads to add with the fiber content while on the other hand, they are also added to rice or yogurt to enjoy the nutty flavour. Persons who are very lazy and do not bother too much, simply add chia seeds to hot water to form a gel and drink it as a detox to maintain their immunity.

Few Facts on Chia Seeds - Know whether or not they are good for you?

  • Chia seeds are high in antioxidants so they help in increasing the immunity and keeping the bad fat away from the body.
  • They contain soluble fiber. Many studies have shown that soluble fiber adds bulk to the diet and increases satiety making soluble fiber rich foods ideal for weight loss and constipation. However, fiber only works if enough water is consumed (at least 2.5-3 litres a day).
  • Chia seeds contain high quality protein making them an ideal pre and post workout drink especially if added to milk. Since they contain fiber, they are very good for those who have cravings and thereby reduce the appetite.
  • Chia seeds and walnuts are best friends and they always dance together. Wondering how? They both are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and aid the brain development process and sharpen the memory. Therefore, mothers, here is a secret tip for you: Add few teaspoons of chia seeds to your child’s milk. If your child is very clever, then grind the seeds and add them as a powdered form telling the kids that it is a new flavour of Horlicks or Bournvita.
  • Undeniably, chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids but there is still research going on whether they help in reducing the cholesterol levels.
  • Chia seeds are good sources of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health; thereby these magical seeds can prevent conditions such as osteoporosis.
  • A study in type 2 diabetics showed that chia seeds can significantly lower blood pressure and a marker for inflammation. Chia seeds help to stabilize the blood glucose levels. It is also good for Type 1 diabetics who have a high ketosis levels.
  • Chia seeds are best consumed early in the morning before breakfast, when added to luke warm water. A glass of Chia seeds contain all the essential micronutrients you require and fulfil one quarter of your daily micronutrient requirements.

Nutritive Value of Chia Seeds

2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds contain:

  • 139 kcal
  • 4g Protein
  • 9g Fat
  • 12g Carbohydrates
  • 11g of fiber & vitamins and minerals.