The WONDER of the Chia Seed! Part 1

Remember the Chia Pets? Actually while they are still around, they are not quite the craze they once were in the market place. But WHO KNEW how good chia seeds were for us to eat? There are so many many things that make the chia seed a wonderful source of nutrition!

Here I will name about just a few. In this blog I will tell you many of the wonderful things about why you should incorporate CHIA into your diet. The next blog, Part 2 will be many ways to do that! So here we go…..

Some ways that eating Chia seeds will benefit you or help you:

Chia seeds are very very high in Omega 3 which we seem to have a difficult time getting enough of into our diet . We all need a higher Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. This is one way to increase that ratio to a more beneficial number. Omega 3 is usually thought of as “the healthy fat in fish”. But most don’t want to eat fish every day, and many who eat a Whole Foods Plant based diet just don’t eat fish. Chia is the riches source of omega 3 in a plant based form. This is so important for heart health and cholesterol levels.

Chia seeds are also a very easy weight to shed a few pounds. USA Weekend magazine reports on a study where overweight dieters who included omega 3’s in the eating plan lost 2 more pounds monthly than the control group who did not!

You can use Chia seeds to bake and substitute chia seeds for some of the fat to have a lower fat recipe. Chia gel can substitute for half the butter in most recipes! The Chia seeds will not change the taste! Just make chia gel from some seeds and add 1/2 the amount of the butter and that same amount of chia gel. Chia seeds will also help the baked goods to stay fresh longer! Everything from cookies to muffins, pancakes and waffles can be made with chia gel as your partial butter replacement. Try it out to see what you might come up with.

Because Chia seeds are so chock full of antioxidants, you know that chia seeds are here to stay!! We are all fully aware of how important antioxidants are at dealing with free radicals from our environment that find their way into our systems. Well this is a very simple way to add antioxidants to your diet. Some of our favorite fruits like blueberries are not always in season and easy to find, but the Chia seed is always “in season!” Since Chia seeds fight free radicals they could be part of your regimen to slow down the aging process!

Chia seeds are full of calcium which many of us are deficient in. Our bodies can’t get too much calcium from milk, (dairy), because even though it is in there it is not too bio-available to our bodies like plant sources of calcium. So, if you need more calcium in your diet eat greens and plenty of Chia seeds! Chia seeds also curb your craving for foods because they help you feel satisfied because of all the nutrients they have. They pack quite a punch!

Chia seeds also help pack a flavor punch! They take on the flavor of whatever you put them in and enhance that flavor. You can put them in smoothies, salsa, dressings, make pudding out of them….(more on all of these ideas in the next blog post).

Chia seeds can save you money because with all the nutrition they have you need less supplements and you can spend a whole lot less to put chia seeds into your diet. We all need more fiber, more vitamins, more calcium, more antioxidants, and vegetarians needs complete proteins in their diets so just do it…..give CHIA a try!!

Yes, chia seeds may be just the thing to take care of that need!

Chia seeds are full of fiber and antioxidants! They are a super food because of these things.

They can help you lose weight without starving. The Chia Seed is like dieter’s dream come true. These tiny seed will take on the flavor of whatever you fix them with. This is very helpful and versatile. They have a gelling action that is helpful in weight loss because it is a soluble fiber and that means it sweeps through your intestines like a broom! This also has the added benefit of making your body feel full without extra calories. When Chia seeds get wet they form a gel like substance around each seed but since it is from water it has no calories in that gel. Thus it fills you up very well without the calories that usually accompany that full feeling.

Chia seeds are helpful in balancing blood sugar. This is not just a consideration for diabetics, but everyone! This helps you have more energy. By having more blood sugar control you can help prevent Type 2 diabetes. It has unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber which we all need. The gel on the outside is the soluble and the seed is the insoluble which slows the body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat Chia with a meal it helps you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than the ups and downs that wear you out and cause blood sugars ups and downs.

Chia seeds are very helpful in preventing diverticulitis and diverticulosis. Processed foods are the main culprit here and cause irregularity which is a big factor in this risky condition. To help insure regularity, you need plenty of both kinds of fiber. The chia seed is just the ticket! East seed is coated with soluble fibers which aid it’s gelling action. The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber is unable to be digested (which, again, means it does not contribute any calories nor does it break down). Instead, it helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process. Soluble fiber, and the gel coating of the seed keeps the colon hydrated and ensures the easy movement of food.

Chia seeds give you energy! Chias are one of nature’s best plant based sources of complete protein. Many proteins like peanut butter and beans are not complete in and of themselves as far as protein goes. Not chia, it is a complete protein so it gives you that benefit. It helps you have steady energy, not jittery energy!

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