Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, iron, and calcium. A single serving (2 tablespoons) has 5500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 1800 mg omega-6 fatty acids, 11 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. They deliver an instant and sustained energy that can last for hours. They also aid in weight loss and help your digestive system function properly.
When chia seeds mix with water, they cause the water to become gel-like. Eating them can help you to feel full longer, making weight loss easier by lessening hunger. The high calcium content in chia seeds, in conjunction with essential vitamins and minerals, can further aid in weight loss by decreasing food cravings. The gelling action can also aid in digestion by helping digested food move through the colon more easily. This can help to prevent diseases such as Diverticulitis, which affects 10% of people in the US over 40. The fiber in chia seeds, both soluble and insoluble, is important for digestion and weight loss.
You can even make a powerfully healthy drink called iskiate, or chia fresca, easily and with common ingredients. Simply add the seeds to water and stir, soak for a few minutes, and stir a second time. Now you can set your drink aside to work its magic for quite a bit more time. The amount of time is up to you, but the more time you give it the more its gelling properties will develop. You can then throw in the juice from a lemon or lime and add honey or agave nectar to give your iskiate flavor.
Chia seeds, with their fiber content and gelling action, can also help to balance blood sugar. They can increase energy in a safe and healthy way due to their full protein content. Omega-3 fatty acids promote healthy cholesterol levels, assist in brain function, and aid in heart health. Even salmon, often touted for its incredible health benefits, does not contain the amount of omega-3 fatty acids pound-for-pound that the chia seed does. The seed’s antioxidant values reduce inflammation and keep skin looking young by fighting the damage caused by free radicals.
You can use chia seeds in an abundance of healthy and delicious recipes, even to create better-for-you baked goods. Because chia seeds are tasteless, they can be added to almost anything and will even enhance the flavor of other ingredients. Chia seeds are very affordable, so you don’t need to spend a fortune to be healthy. If you are interested in purchasing some seeds, check out our section on the right.