You’ve probably heard by now that Chia seeds are good for your health. But, you may not know just how good they are or why. Most evidence points to the fact that humans have been consuming Chia since around 3500 BC and the word “Chia” even comes from the Mayan word for “strength”. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a single Mum, a teenager still in school or a full time bodybuilder; Chia seeds have benefits that you shouldn’t and needn’t be missing out on.
Quick benefits of Chia: High in good quality proteins, antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids and fibre and is a good weight loss supplement. Chia is also a great source of calcium, phosphorus and manganese. It can help regulate blood sugar levels and boost energy.
Chia seeds can be grown in many places across the world. One of the places which has been proven to be the best for growing Chia is in North Western Australia, 15 degrees south the equator, which is required to get the right Omega 3 ratio. And since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil, it is commercially grown on a large scale and therefore readily available. (As with all consumer products, we recommend to buy Organic where ever possible. You may not get the consistency with the quality of the seeds but at least you’ll be avoiding all those nasty pesticides.)
The Omega 3 fatty acids found in Chia seeds are a vital part of any diet and have a plethora of health benefits. They’re called “essential fatty acids” for a reason. Fatty acids serve as energy for the heart, muscles and act as building blocks for new cell membranes. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (which Omega 3’s are) are required for metabolic function by the body. However, our bodies cannot naturally produce these so they need to be acquired from dietary sources.
Quick and easy ways to get Chia into your diet: Sprinkle the seeds on yoghurts or cereal. Add them to your smoothies or shakes like we do at Raw Cafe. Add ground Chia seeds into flour to make breads and muffins etc to give that extra fibre without changing the taste.
High in fibre, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus and manganese, Chia is certainly something you should consider adding to your diet, but that’s not all. Chia can also be used as a cheap weight loss option! Chia seeds can absorb up to 9 times their weight in water in about 10 minutes, so the swelling of the seeds sends a message to your brain suppressing your appetite, meaning you eat less and lose more weight (as long as you also combine exercise into your plan!).
In our modern diets consisting mostly of cooked, denatured dead food, most of us are missing out on essential nutrients and minerals found in foods such as Chia. They are a fantastic natural crop which can easily introduce these usually missing elements back into our diets.