Chia seeds are derived from the plant Salvia hispanica . It is a super food with great nutritional value. The seeds are rich in;
*omega-3 fatty acid
Two table spoonfuls of chia seeds contain;
140 calories , 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fibre, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, calcium and traces of minerals l.e zinc and copper.
How to eat chia seeds
You can add one spoonful of chia seeds in a cup of water or milk or even yoghurt. They are also used as a functional ingredient in baked cakes, pastries and snacks.
Benefits of chia seeds
- They are loaded with antioxidants which fight production of free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are known to damage cell molecules and contribute to diseases e.g cancers
- Chia seeds are fibre rich. With its high fibre content , chia seeds absorb up to 12 times its weight in water becoming gel-like and expanding. If ingested it expands in the stomach increasing fullness and slowing down absorption of food. This automatically reduces the amount of calories one needs to eat. Some health experts argue that this is how chia seeds help with weight lossloss
- Chia seeds are high in quality proteins and amino acid
- Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health- *it lowers cholesterol , *regulates heart rythms and blood pressure * prevents clot formation in the deep veins and *prevents inflammation.
- Chia seeds are said to improve our immune system