Updated: Aug 1, 2021
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds were a staple food for the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, "chia" is the ancient Mayan word for "strength" and it is called rightly so. Small in size, but mighty in power, these tiny seeds provide strength in various ways. Read on further to know more:
How to Use Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are highly versatile. They can be used in a variety of ways. Soak and add it to your porridge, cereals, make it into a pudding, use it in baked goods or simply sprinkle it on top of salads or yogurt.
Their ability to absorb liquid and form a gel-like texture makes them unique and easy to use. They can also be used to thicken sauces or replaced as substitutes for an egg. Combine one tablespoon of ground chia seeds with three tablespoons of water.
For best results ensure to soak chia seeds before consumption. Remember that chia seeds are water lovers and absorb water. So, if you are using them without soaking, hydrate yourself and keep drinking water or warm teas through the day to avoid unpleasant digestive issues.
Nutrition Profile of Chia Seeds
Proportion wise, chia seeds are 6% water content, 46% carbohydrates of which a whopping 83% is fiber, 34% healthy fats of which majority is omega-3 and 19% protein. They are gluten-free and also provide an abundant source of minerals including Manganese, Phosphorous, Copper, Selenium, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have grown in popularity in recent times, but they have been traditionally used by several ancient tribes. They offer several health benefits which include:
Increased Blood Levels of Omega-3
They are an important vegan source of one of the most essential fat for your brain and body. ALA or Alpha Linoleic Acid a form of Omega-3 are found abundantly in chia seeds. Even though they need to be converted to EPA before your body can use it, chia seeds are able to ensure that you meet your needs of this essential fat on a plant-based diet.
Rich in Antioxidants
They also have powerful plant compounds that neutralize free radicals to reduce oxidative stress and prevent chronic disease. They are useful for several conditions like heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Supports Weight Management
The rich protein and fiber content of chia seeds together promote satiety and also promote the absorption of nutrients. It regulates blood sugar levels, keeps your appetite in check and helps enhance your levels of energy throughout the day.
The calcium and balanced profile of mineral content are integral to keeping your bones healthy and strong. They help to build new bone tissue and protect your bones from age-related decline like osteoporosis and arthritis.
Try Tassyam Chia Seeds Today
The raw chia seeds from Tassyam are devoid of artificial additives and preservatives and available in its purest form. They are chock full of nutrients that you just cannot miss. Incorporate these mighty seeds to your diet today and stay healthy!