Are you Chia-n?
Chia seeds have become a big hit over the last few years, and for good reason. They are quite healthy for you. In fact, this whole post is based around the health benefits of them. But as always, we can’t learn about what something does until we know what it is in the first place.
Chia seeds come from a desert plant called Salvia Hispanica. This desert plant is actually from the mint family, despite your possible thoughts on the cooling effects of said plant growing in the heat of the desert. The Chia seed is believed to have come from Central America, where the Aztecs used to consume it frequently for its health benefits listed below! Chia actually means strength in Mayan.
What Do They Have To Offer?
Earlier, I said Chia seeds are really healthy for you, and I wasn’t kidding! 1 ounce of these little guys have:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 4 grams of protein
- 12 grams of carbohydrates
- 9 grams of fat, but 4 of those 5 fats are Omega 3’s.
Since they are high in protein and fiber, they can assist in our weight loss, and lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes as well. In addition, the Aztecs believed that these little seeds were packed with a strong punch of energy, so if you believe in wise old tales, then you may be wise as well. A recent study substituted Gatorade with Chia seeds and the participants reacted exactly the same, meaning Chia seeds are just like Gatorade! Yippee!
Last but definitely not least, the antioxidants that are within Chia seeds have been proven to stop up to 70% of free radical activity. If you don’t know what free radicals are, it was explained further in our post “The Purple Craze,” but basically, they are molecules that can lead to cancer. So, the cancer stopping award goes toooo Chia seeds – with a 70% success rate!
Don’t start scarfing down heaping spoonsful of Chia seeds though, everything in moderation, even healthy foods! Have a great day and comment your thoughts below!
Kim Shapira MS, RD