We all remember those awful commercials about the funny pottery animals known as Chia Pets. Who would have thought those seeds would be one of the biggest health crazes of 2013?
Chia seeds have been used as food, since 2,600BC, by both the Aztecs and the Mayans. They’re often referred to as the “ancient super food.” Today we can use them for a variety of things from egg substitutes, to pudding.
These tiny Chia seeds can pack quite a nutritional punch when added to your diet. They are high in Omega-3 and Omega-6, essential fatty acids (or EFAs). Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can assist in lowering blood pressure, stabilizing blood glucose levels and sustaining energy.
These essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized by our bodies so it’s important that we get enough to support our immune, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems. Adding Chia seeds to a healthy diet can be an excellent way to ensure that you’re getting enough of these fatty acids.
Chia seeds also have a significant amount of fiber despite their size and can even help with weight loss by keeping you fuller longer. Chia also has no cholesterol, making it an even more nutritionally balanced seed.
Chia seeds should be added to a healthy diet and are not intended to be a meal replacement as they don’t have adequate caloric content. When consuming Chia seeds you should also limit the amount due to the fact their fiber content can cause upset stomach.