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10 Reasons to Add More Chia Seeds To Your Diet

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Chia seeds are tiny seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanic. Although they are nothing new, the Aztecs and Mayas used them to increase* energy, they are all the hype lately among health conscious people.

Here are 10 good reasons to add them to your diet too.

1. Nutrient-dense

Chia seeds are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are packed with antioxidants to protect* their fat from going rancid and your body from being attacked by free radicals, which can cause many diseases such as cardiovascular issues and cancer.

2. Gluten-Free

Chia seeds are gluten-free and usually grown organically. If you avoid gluten in your diet, chia seed may be a good alternative to provide your body with energy and essential nutrients.

3. Rich In Fibers

Almost all carbs in chia seeds are fibers. The body does not digest These fibers. We need fibers for a healthy gut. They keep the digestive tract clean and feed the friendly bacteria.

4. Great Protein Source For Vegetarians

Chia seeds are high in protein compared to other plants. Our body needs protein as a building block, and it reduces* appetite.

5. Weight Loss Aid*

Chia seeds are no weight loss* miracle* on its own, but adding them to your diet will make losing weight easier due to its high fiber and protein content. Studies have shown that people who eat more proteins and fiber can reduce* obsessive thoughts and to snack while on a weight loss* mission.

Chia seed also contains tryptophan, an amino acids that helps to regulate appetite and mood.

6. High In Plant Omega-3’s

Chia seeds are a great source of plant omega-3s. However, keep in mind that humans seem to be less* efficient in using and converting plant omega-3 compared to animal sources like fish.

7. Great For Your Bones and Oral Health

Forget about milk to strengthen* your bones and teeth. Gram for gram chia seeds provides* more calcium and other bone promoting nutrients – such as phosphorus, magnesium, and proteins – than dairy.

8. Control* Diabetes Type II

Chia seeds have shown to slow down digestion, balance blood sugar levels, reduce* insulin resistance, and belly fat.

9. Heart-Friendly

Chia seeds can help you to protect* your heart. They have anti-inflammatory properties and may help balance cholesterol levels naturally.

10. Absorb Water

One of the coolest things about chia seeds is that they can absorb 9 to 10 times their weight in water. While doing so it forms a gel-like substance that can be used for so many healthy applications in your kitchen.

As you can see, chia seeds are a great addition to your diet. They help you lose* weight and promote overall health. We use them as an egg replacement in baked goods, make raw guilt-free chia seed jams and puddings, and add them by the spoon to our breakfast smoothies or lunch salads.

Sources:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24811150
  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0023643808001345
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847729
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9637947
  • http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/30/11/2804.long