What are Chia Seeds?
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanics (plant of the mint family), grown in Mexico “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”. Earlier it was an important food for Mayans. Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, chia seeds became recognized as a modern-day superfood only recently.
How to eat chia seeds?
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or curd. Some also mix into drinks and baked goods. People also mix it in water and make it as a gel.
The seeds are not the only important part of the chia plant; the sprouts also are edible. Try adding them to salads, sandwiches, and other dishes.
Despite their tiny size, these seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are rich in fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various micronutrients.
- These black and white seeds are an instant energy booster. It contains a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Including these tiny seeds as a part of a healthy diet lowers cholesterol which in turn reduces the risk of heart diseases.
- The fiber in these seeds can aid the digestive system. Apart from which it also helps people manage various diseases such as control blood sugar levels, depression, etc.,
- Because these seeds do have lots of fiber, they promote a feeling of fullness, and so might prevent the overeating that contributes to weight gain.
One tablespoon of chia seeds contains about 69 calories, as well as, roughly 2 grams (g) protein. These seeds also contain many vitamins and minerals. One tbsp offers 7 mg calcium, 8 percent of DV, 2 mg vitamin C.