Have you heard of Chia Seeds? These seeds come from South and Central America and were already used by the Maya and Inca. We enjoy them in the form of grain, ground into meal or soaked in water. Many use Chia Seeds benefits also in the fight against weight.
Enjoying Chia seeds help to lose pounds, because chia seeds increase the feeling of satiety, promote absorption and degradation of fat and have a low glycemic index. Chia seeds are well know also by the athletes as they contribute to the body’s hydration and electroforming balance, which are ideal for muscle recovery after exercise. Moreover, in the ancient Maya language, Chia means ”strong” because seeds increase the physical stamina and improve overall physical wellbeing.
Chia seeds belong also in group of super foods
Chia seeds are regarded as the so-called super foods because they have extremely high nutrition value. They are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, that in our body lacks and should be added to the diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids account for 60 percent of the total fat in the seed, and are important for the functioning of the circulatory system, preventing blood clots and for the proper functioning of body cells.
In addition, chia seeds contain twice as much protein as other seeds or grains, twice as much potassium as bananas, three times more antioxidants than berries, five times more potassium than milk and three times more iron than spinach.
Chia seeds contain also minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, manganese and vitamins A, D, K, E, B.
In addition to the above positive effects on the body chia seeds also help in digestion, especially due to its hydrophilic ability (binds water), regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure, reduce susceptibility to infection, strengthen hair, improve condition of skin, lower high cholesterol, help with menstrual cramps and alleviate symptoms of menopause.
Chia seeds can also be enjoyed by people who are sensitive to gluten, as seeds do not contain gluten and are also suitable for diabetics.
Studies in Toronto has shown that chia seeds even improved status in patients with type 2 diabetes
Chia seeds preparation
Usually are Chia seeds soaked before consumption into water for at least 10 minutes and then you can add yogurt, salads, pancakes, soups, sandwiches, sauces and other dishes. You can also use chia seeds for baking gluten-free bread and one tablespoon of chia seeds replaces one egg in baking.