By Mireille Rizk Corbani, Le Gabarit
What if we told you that one tablespoon of a seed will sustain your appetite for 24 hours?
It’s no doubt that most people search for healthy choices to include in their diet. Many of us focus on the introduction of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids due to the remarkable health benefits they provide. Those essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by our bodies are very important to get enough of; they support our immune, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems.
We used to include fish, shellfish, flax seeds, leafy green vegetables and walnuts in order to provide our body with its needs. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to obtain enough of these fatty acids on a daily basis.
Chia seeds are the essential ingredient now. This ancient seed has regained popularity due to its high nutritional value. The word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength.
It’s a blend of high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and it also consists of antioxidants, even in a more important percentage than fresh blueberries.
What’s behind this super food?
Chia seeds are what we call “hydrophilic” which means “water loving.” They can absorb 10-12 times their weight in water. When water-logged, they form a gelatinous substance that is soothing to the digestive tract as well as beneficial in keeping the body hydrated and maintaining electrolyte balance.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60% omega-3s, making it one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids. The omega-3s in Chia seeds can help ease inflammation, enhance cognitive performance, reduce high cholesterol, and help reduce blood pressure.
By adding a few calories, these seeds fill up your body with bulks of nutrients. The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids all contribute to a satiating effect. For these reasons, Chia was found to be quite useful in weight loss and weight maintenance.
Chia seeds are known to contain eight times the amount of omega-3 available in salmon, seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the antioxidants in blueberries, five times the calcium in milk, three times the iron in spinach, and double the amount of potassium in bananas! As they do not contain gluten and are not considered grains, Chia Seeds can be very effective for a gluten-free diet. There is no need to grind them; they can directly be sprinkled onto your cereal, salads, or yogurt and used in salads or sandwiches.
Sometimes Chia seeds are soaked in water for about 30 minutes. The seeds then soak up to nine times their weight in water and form a gel. This gel is known to have the capacity of absorbing toxins and fat from our system!
What are you waiting for? Include Chia Seeds in your diet and boost your body with healthy nutrients!