Chia seeds – as fun to eat as they are to grow!
Remember Chia pets? The pottery that grows? Until recently, and perhaps thanks to this marketing phenomenon, chia seeds weren’t thought of as something edible. But these little seeds pack a lot of health benefits!
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
Chia seeds are primarily valuable thanks to their essential fatty acid (EFA) content. There are only a few healthy foods that supply omega-3s in our diet. A member of the sage family, chia seeds are one of the best natural sources of omega-3: the gray-black seeds are of higher nutritional quality than the golden variety.
There are actually two EFAs we must obtain from our diet: omega-3s and omega-6s. Omega-6s are easily supplied in our diet; however, omega-3s have been more of a challenge. Chia seeds give us both in one package.
Along with EFAs, chia seeds provide:
soluble fiber (aids in relieving constipation)
easily digestible protein (20%)
vitamins B1 and B2
It’s important to find a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids because they:
aid in clotting blood
are crucial for cardiovascular health
build cell membranes in the brain
Chia seeds are fun to eat too. There are many interesting ways to eat them and they don’t even need to be ground first. The seeds can be thrown into a smoothie, sprinkled on top of other foods or even added to lemonade.
Their high soluble fiber content also gives chia seeds an interesting attribute: when soaked in water they expand into a gelatin-like pudding which you can consume and enjoy!
Discover the health benefits of ch-ch-ch-chia!