Chia Seeds are Amazing

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Chia Seeds are Amazing

Chia is often served in drinks or smoothies, but if you do not need to use it in a drink it's easy to scatter your oatmeal, directly in your meals, or stir it into a Greek yogurt. And, as a bonus, chia seeds can be stored for extended periods of time on your refrigerator or pantry without going rancid, which makes it easier to save money by purchasing them in bulk. I decided to incorporate chia into my family's dietary routine, as it helps in weight loss in addition to reducing glucose levels which may benefit diabetics.1 My entire family has profited from its addition to our own meals, and my husband has found chia are the solution to reducing his sugar cravings. Lots of people consume chia before a meal to reduce hunger, and I've found it to be a excellent breakfast drink. I feel energized, satisfied and awake after a nice glass. Although I am not a long distance runner, indulging in chia loading is better than carbs or energy drinks to enhance athletic performances for endurance events.2 Research has also shown that the beneficial effects of omega-3, as seen in chia, has helped those suffering from mood disorders. A meta-analysis of trials involving patients with the significant depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia reduces symptoms of depression.3 Omega-3 fatty acids are demonstrated to increase brain function and lessen depression. So, incorporating chia in your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health. Although we eat a lot of salmon, nobody in my family is extremely fond of taking fish oil supplements as a source of healthy fats. A mere 31/2 tbsp contain as much omega-3s as a 32-ounce slice of salmon. Chia seeds may also be ground into flour as a substitute for those who have gluten allergies, such as my oldest son. I am often hesitant about fad supplements, products that become popular overnight, or that claim to have great health benefits. However, the recent trend toward consuming chia seeds hasn't disappointed me! The optimal daily consumption of chia is four tablespoons through the day, however, you can slowly work your way up to that amount starting with one tablespoon a day.4 Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. That's why the seeds expand in liquids without losing any of the fiber content. If you consume four tablespoons per day of chia, you get 14 grams of fiber. By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.


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I love Chia seeds!

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:45 PM by Donna J

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