Ten interesting facts about chia seeds.
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Today, we’re talking about chia seeds – like the ones used in our delicious acai chia cup. Native to South America, these tiny black seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica and pack a healthy punch. They are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids (the good ones), fibre, iron, and calcium. Plus they’re rich in antioxidants.
Ten interesting things about chia seeds
1. They can be eaten cooked or raw but they should be soaked or added to another food before eating to help prevent potential choking issues.
2. Chia seeds provide the body with phosphorus, manganese, and small amounts of potassium and copper.
3. Rich in antioxidants, eating these seeds could help you fight off wrinkles (they’re good for the skin) but also help to protect your cells from the effects of free radicals.
4. No need to overdo the salmon to get your Omega 3s in... 2 tablespoons of chia seeds has the same amount as 100 grams of salmon.
5. Don’t eat dairy? Because they contain calcium (higher than most dairy products by gram), phosphorus, magnesium, and protein, chia seeds are good for bone health.
6. They are considered a whole grain food and are usually grown organically, are non-GMO, and naturally free of gluten, making them kind to your gut.
7. Speaking of being good to your gut, chia seeds are 40% fibre, by weight. Put another way, they are low-carb and high fibre, making them an excellent choice for keeping your system regular and the friendly bacteria in your gut balanced.
8. Looking for a protein boost? Chia seeds are 14% protein, making them one of the highest protein plants on the planet. Protein has many health benefits, including an association with weight loss, reducing appetite and the need for unnecessary snacking.
9. Are you a vegan? Mix chia seeds with water to replace egg in vegan baking. Try mixing 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then leaving for a few minutes. A gel will form that can be used as an egg substitute.
10. Due to their bland taste and gel-like consistency when soaked, chia seeds can be used in various recipes from puddings to soups as a thickener or breadcrumb substitute.
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