SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: THE MIGHTY CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are the edible seeds of a flowering plant native to Mexico.
They are oval and grey with black and white spots, and can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid - developing a gel texture.
Fun Fact: The word "Chia"' means "Strength" in the Mayan language.
But why exactly are these tiny seeds so powerful?
Simply put, they are EXTREMELY nutritious. And when it comes to benefits, they are at the top of the game.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at Chia Seeds and all their glory…
1. Energy Boosting
This is credited to their nutritionally-dense nature. Being low-carb with a fantastic ratio of fibre, protein, and fats stabilises the blood sugar levels, thus preventing cravings and overeating. That means sustained energy throughout the day!
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), antioxidants and fibre, chia seeds help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases along with lowering high blood pressure. They are arguably one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), containing more than that of a Salmon.
3. Rich in Protein
Boasting all 9 essential amino acids, chia seeds contain 19% protein making them a high-quality plant-based source. A diet high in protein may help with:
- cell and tissue regeneration
- stronger bones
- building muscle
- losing weight
4. Promotes Healthy Skin
Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants help fight free radical damage caused by UV exposure, which keeps signs of ageing (wrinkles, fine lines, etc.) at bay. They also contain loads of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and Potassium, which help boost the skin’s luminosity and elasticity.
5. Loaded with Fibre
Did you know - two tablespoons of chia seeds boast about 11 grams of fibre?
- have prebiotic effects, which help prevent blood sugar spikes and decrease cholesterol levels.
- may also be fermented in the gut, thus improving colon health by promoting the formation of short-chain fatty acids.
- support weight loss! Fibre slows the absorption of nutrients and the conversion of carbs to sugar, which means feeling fuller for longer!
Ready to get your dose of Chia goodness?
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