The word chia originated from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina.
When chia seeds come in contact with water, they bulk up just like flax seeds do. So when you eat them, they make you feel full. Sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods.
According to ABC News contributor, “2013 is undoubtedly the year of the chia seed among the health conscious. For a while it was flax seed. And 2012 could easily have been named ‘the year of kale’.”
One ounce of chia seeds: 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 177 milligrams of calcium, and 4.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.
Look at all of these benefits:
- Very mild nut-like flavor
- 100% more essential fatty acids than salmon
- Double the antioxidants found in blueberries
- Six times more calcium than milk
- Six times more iron than spinach
- Over 40% of your daily fiber in one serving
- Helps with weight loss
- Gets rid of toxins
- Increases energy levels
- Advances mental performance
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Lowers the risk of heart diseases
- Helps to lower the blood pressure
- Helps tone muscles
- Cleanses the colon
- Extends hydration
- Improves night rest and mood
- Lowers cholesterol
- Absorbs extra acid, helping to get rid of acid reflux
- Improve digestion
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves overall health
Won’t you try adding some to your next meal today?
Sources: Andrew Weil, M.D.