This is why eat chia seeds everyday.
What Are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are small, round plant Salvia hispanica seeds. They are usually black or white, with no major dietary differences between the two colours. If you see brown seeds that means they are not fully mature.
Related to mint this plant is native to Mexico’s deserts. Today, chia seeds are cultivated in different areas of the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Australia, Peru, and Bolivia, with around 80% of the world’s production originating from South America. But the US is the main buyer of chia seeds, importing about 15,000 tons per year.
While chia seeds are still relatively new to the mainstream health community, they have been used by native people for thousands of years. Indeed they have been used throughout history for medical, religious, and culinary purposes.
Good Reasons To Eat Chia Seeds Everyday
- High in antioxidants.
- Contains calcium five times more than milk.
- It contains 7 times as much vitamin C as orange.
- It contains 3 times more iron than the spinach.
- Contains twice the banana’s potassium content.
- Good for skin, hair, and nail.
- Strong Brain and Heart food.
- Filled with fatty acids called omega-3.
- Keeps your bones and teeths healthy.
- Big protein source for vegetarians.
- Improves Heart safety.
How to Use Chia
Chia seeds can be added to favorite foods and used in different recipes. There’s a lot of ways to use them.
Since they are hydrophilic they can attract water in the body if they are not soaked or added to the drink, so if you choose not to soak them before consuming them, it is best to consume with liquids. Additionally, one guy got chia seeds stuck in his throat after trying to eat it dry, so it’s not advised to eat them un-soaked (they’re hard to chew).
Another way of using them in recipes is to grind them to a fine powder. This is especially useful if you use them as a thickener or want to get the benefits without altering the texture of a product. There’s also some evidence that consuming chia seeds can be better for the body when they’re grounded before eating.
It is not necessary to add the chia seeds directly to foods or recipes with water, soak or grind first. You can add it to Smoothies, soups, meats, or even meat dishes immediately without soaking.
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