-by Carissa Stanz | 10/25/2016 |
Chia seeds are a whole grain, gluten-free food. Slightly nutty in flavor, they can be added to almost anything you eat. Dating back to Mayan and Aztec civilizations, they have been readily consumed for their energy-boosting nutrients. In Mayan, chia means “strength.” Consume an ounce and you will see why. A rich mineral and antioxidant content strengthens the body, leaving you feeling good. Bursting with nutrients, these tiny seeds pack a healthy punch.
High in Fiber
If you have trouble getting enough fiber in the day, then look no further. Chia seeds contain 11 grams of fiber in just one ounce. In fact, most of the carbs chia seeds contain are directly from fiber. Consuming the daily allotment of fiber is important in keeping the digestive system flowing, preventing disease such as diabetes, and maintaining a healthy weight.
In ancient times, chia seeds were consumed by warriors and runners to provide fuel for the long journey. It is said that the chia seeds alone are responsible for their outstanding stamina. It comes as no surprise that chia seeds are consumed for energy to this day. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, and phosphorous are packed inside the tiny seeds, acting as a natural source of electrolytes.
Promotes Bone Health
Adding calcium to the diet is necessary for strong bones and healthy teeth. In fact, almost all of the calcium in the human body is found in the bones and teeth. Chia seeds contain a whopping 177mg of calcium in a single ounce. That is 18% of your daily requirement. Calcium cannot be produced by our body, so it is important to add it to your daily diet. If you have trouble incorporating calcium, try adding a spoonful of chia seeds to your food.
High Nutrient Content
Antioxidants, minerals, Omega-3, protein --what do chia seeds not have? The minerals in chia seeds regulate blood sugar, control our metabolism, and provide us with the energy necessary to get through the day.
The antioxidants keep our immune system healthy and also prevent chia seeds from going rancid, giving them a long shelf life. Omega-3s are healthy fatty acids that keep the heart healthy. For vegetarians and vegans, eating enough protein can be a challenge. Chia seeds are a simple way to add a protein boost. They can be sprinkled on fruit, salads, or soup. They can be baked into breads, added to granola, or used to make a pudding.
However you choose to added chia seeds, you are sure to gain a bounty of nutrients.
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