I love chia seeds. They have changed my life, especially in terms of how I train and how well my body recovers. But you don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of chia…check this out.
Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel and they are high in fiber.
Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body and since they hold 10 times their weight in water, they help you hold moisture in training.
Reduce your blood pressure: There's evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure because of their rich concentration of fiber.
Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don't need to be ground up.
Chia seeds make an incredibly healthy—and often unnoticeable—addition to many foods.
Here are some great ways to enjoy chia seeds:
They can be eaten raw. (They have a nice "nutty" flavor.)
They can be soaked in fruit juice (in Mexico, they call this "chia fresca").
They're perfect in porridges and puddings…and in smoothies
They make an ideal addition to baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.
How Many Chia Seeds Should You Eat?
We recommend two daily doses of about a tablespoon per serving.