The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

I first came across chia seeds when I tried a meal plan service which included the mentioned seeds in their breakfast sets. I initially had no idea what they were, but I did find them amusing. After some research, I learned that they’re said to be loaded with a lot of nutrients and are supposedly very good for our bodies.

chia seeds

(Left: Chia seeds we received from an Aunt in Taipei. Right: Bought from a local store)

When the meal plan was over, I decided to buy my own jar of chia seeds so that I could continue having them with my food. They ARE expensive (like most health food are), with a jar containing approximately 1 pound of pure chia seeds making me shell out Php650.00. Dad became interested and started to incorporate them into his diet too.

chia seeds close up

Chia seeds came from the species of flowering plant called the Salvia Hispanica. It comes in different colors: black, white, gray and brown. The one we have at home is a mix of all the colors. They’re very small in size, but can expand and develop a slightly sticky coating once soaked in liquid.

Another reason I don’t mind consuming these is because they have a neutral flavor. They don’t mess with the flavors of whatever you’re eating or drinking. Some people opt to mix these in their drinks, soups, smoothies, etc., but I prefer having them sprinkled on top of whatever I’m having for breakfast instead. They give a slight crunch to the stuff I eat, kind of like sesame seeds. My parents like mixing them with their coffee or bowls of congee.

Here are just some of the said health benefits of taking even just a spoonful of chia seeds per day:

– highest known plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids

– aids in proper digestion since it’s packed full of fiber

– regulates blood sugar levels (this was what got Dad really interested in this)

– said to be rich in antioxidants

– excellent source of protein (some people even use it as an egg substitute)

– helps keep you full for a longer period of time (this one seems to work well for me)

If you’re still curious about the chia seeds, I would suggest you give them a try when you get the chance.  If you’ve tried them before, feel free to let me know in the comments below. 🙂

 

References:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica

SFGate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/top-10-health-benefits-chia-seeds-6962.html

Authority Nutrition: http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

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5 Replies to “The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds”

  1. Interesting. Might give these things a try.

  2. I’ve been meaning to try these. Would you say that these are more palatable than Flax Seed?

  3. Hi! Thanks for sharing the benefits of Chia seeds. Where can I get those? From what local store did you buy yours? I’m from Cubao, QC & I find it hard to locate where I can buy Chia seeds. Thanks!

    1. Hi Vance!
      I had a hard time looking for them too, but was able to buy mine from Jashmart at Suki Market in Dapitan, Q.C. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!
      ~Jam

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