If you’ve been trying to eat healthy, I’m sure you’ve heard of chia seeds.
I personally had no idea what chia seeds actually did for your body. They just sounded healthy so I would just toss them into my smoothies on my acai bowls.
Today I finally did some research and found out some of the benefits of chia seeds.
- High in fiber. Eating high fiber foods keep you full for longer. Fiber is good for your digestion and bowel movements, and eating a high fiber diet may promote weight loss.
- Good for your bones. Chia seeds have a lot of calcium. They are said to have five times more calcium than an ounce of milk.
- Lotsa Omega-3 Fatty Acids! These are usually found in fish, nuts and plants. They are associated with being great for your heart. Chia seeds would be great for people who don’t get enough (or any) fish or fish oil in their diet.
- High in antioxidants. This prevents the oxidation of other molecules which can be harmful to the body.
- Gluten-free!! Which makes chia seeds great for people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
- Lower blood pressure. Chia seeds have been linked with reducing blood pressure.
- Great for diabetics! According to nuts.com, “chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars” which helps control blood sugar.
- Will help you stay hydrated. Chia seeds expand once in water so your body will treat them as additional water when you eat them, keeping your body hydrated longer.
Are Chia Seeds Harmful?
While researching the benefits of chia seeds, I also found a few websites reporting an incident in which a man took a spoonful of chia seeds and followed it with a glass of water. Since chia seeds expand with water the seeds expanded in his esophagus, thus requiring medical treatment to help him swallow. So just be careful to not drink water immediately after a spoonful of chia seeds!
xx – k.s