Chia is a flowering plant that is found in South America. The seeds are known since the time of the Aztecs and Mayans, who were one of their basic foods. Chia seeds are justifiably considered superfood because they contain many nutrients.
They contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, fiber, protein, vitamin B, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin. They are a rich source of folic acid and minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
Chia seeds are hydrophilic absorbing when impregnated with liquid 9 to 12 times their weight.
- They provide energy, strength and wellness. Their hydrophilic properties, regulate electrolytes, and the their carbohydrates decompose gradually maintainingenergy in high levels improving durability.
- Their capacity to retain water helps hydrate our body.
- Chia seeds help in weight loss. While chia seeds (rich in dietary fibers) absorb water they expand,thereby reducing the feeling of hunger. Simultaneously in the stomach seeds convert in jelly and preventstomach enzymes from cleaving carbohydrates to sugars, which is effective in regulating the level of sugars in blood.
- The high content of fiber in chia seeds helps people who have constipation problems, helps the digestion and treatment of digestive disorders, spastic colitis and bowel problems.
- Fatty acids contained in chia seeds help of heart and brain to function properly and antioxidants contained reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Chia seeds don't contain gluten
HOW TO USE
The recommended quantity of consumption per day is 1 teaspoon.
Chia seeds are eaten either raw, or mixed with water (gel).
Raw can be added without altering the flavor in salads, yogurt, soups, juices, bread, pastries, drinks etc.
Mixed with water, we put 1 part chia seed to 9 parts of water. We stir initially and again after half an hour. The gel is created can be stored in the refrigerator for 10 days.
When we consume raw chia seeds with various foods, drinking water is recommended because seeds absorb the fluids of our body.
No side effects have been observed from the consumption of chia seeds and there are currently no evidence to proven that they have adverse effects or interactions with prescription drugs.