In case you have been thinking of trying chia seeds yourself, I would like to tell you some interesting things about this super seed.
For centuries, the Mayans and the Aztecs have considered Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanic) as an important source of food and medicine. The seeds originated from Central America and were eventually domesticated by ancient Mayans. These days, this desert living plant continues to amaze as it transforms from a novelty trinket to a nutritional dynamo.
These tasty little are crammed with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. If you are a diabetic, Chia Seeds is an ideal food for you because of their ability to balance blood-sugar levels. They are also known to lower blood pressure and can help you lose weight by giving you a full feeling longer.
They are made up of protein and fat. They also contain minerals which includes iron, calcium and magnesium. It is really packed with a nutritional punch. They have soluble fibers which is very good as they promote a healthy digestive system.
Ok, so you don’t like fish but you need to have Omega-3s in your body, why not use ground chia seeds instead? It’s just as great. If you love egg, try adding powdered chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, a great egg substitute!
It is also best for marathoners and other athletes for its hydrating properties during activity. This hydrophilic seed which can absorb ten times of their weight in water and gelling factor slows down the process of converting the carb content of the seed into sugar. A slow digestive process will lead to feeling of fullness in the stomach for a long time. It has even become a very popular stimulant. Although Chia seeds come mostly in nutritional supplements, you may also try it in your home cooking as they are available at most supermarket and food stores.
Do you know that this seed can be stored for several years and still retain its nutritional value and flavor? This is because of its natural antioxidant properties. It does not require special storage conditions or packaging to prevent minor changes in quality. A pantry-friendly seed indeed.
Want to start an energetic day? Enjoy a bowl of delicious chia porridge for breakfast.
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