It’s time for Superfood Saturday at The Studio MDR and this week it’s all about the Chia seed! Yes, this----> chia seed. While most of us know the word "chi" from the famous ch-ch-ch-chia jingle, chia seeds are becoming a widely popular superfood that you can add to almost anything you eat or drink!
Superfood Saturday Facts About Chia Seeds:
- Chia seeds have more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food, including flax seeds, and they are about 20% protein.
- When soaked in liquid, Chia seeds form a thick gel. When consumed, researchers believe they slow down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbs into sugar, making it especially beneficial for diabetics and others with blood sugar issues.
- Chia is hydrophilic and will absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. This makes it helpful in maintaining body hydration, something that is especially beneficial for athletes who need to remain hydrated.
Chia seeds are so high in antioxidants that they do not spoil easily and can be stored for long periods. PLUS, they have also been known to improve the following:
- Weight loss
- Gastro-intestinal health
- Bone health
- Prenatal health
- Heart health
- Stabilized blood sugar
- Prostate health
- Menopausal symptoms
Not many side effects have been reported as a result of ingesting Chia seeds but if you have high blood pressure or allergies, you should consult with your doctor before consuming them.
You can order Chia seeds online or pick them up at your local health foods store like Sprouts or from our neighbors at Whole Foods Venice. If you are not sure what to add Chia to in your diet here are some tips and recipes! And if you've tried chia seeds, we want to hear from you. Tell us how they have helped you look it+feel it+live it in the comments section below.