The goodness in Chia Seeds

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Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are said to be among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients – some of the many reasons we’re loading them on to our cereal and yoghurt and blending them into our smoothies on a daily basis. But what are they, and what are the main benefits they can bring by adding them into our diets?

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are harvested from a plant in the mint family known as Salvia hispanica, a plant that is native to parts of Mexico and Guatemala. They’re usually black or white in color and despite the fact they’ve only become popular relatively recently, they’re actually a really old form of nutrition and were a staple in the Aztec diet.

And why are they so good for us?

  1. Rich in nutrients. Chia seeds are made of approximately 40% of fibre, which is great for your digestive health.  They also contain protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and vitamins B1, B2 and B3, which is quite impressive.
  1. They’re loaded in antioxidants which fight the production of free radicals, which can damage cells and contribute to diseases associated with aging.
  2. They’re also high in protein, especially when compared to other plants. They also contain essential amino acids, which see our bodies able to make use of the proteins in them.
  3. They’re great for our hearts. They contain Omega-3 which regulates blood pressure, inflammation on the heart and our cholesterol levels too.