Benefits of Chia Seeds and Why Store Them


Benefits of Chia Seeds

Benefits of Chia Seeds

 

Chia – pronounced Ch-ee-a (kinda like cheetah without the ‘T’)  

There are a lot of great foods to store, and chia seeds are among some of the BEST!  There are tons of uses for chia seeds in recipes, so they are easily incorporated into a lot of different foods.  I add them to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, granola, bread recipes, and they can also be used to substitute pectin in freezer jam recipes.

 

One of the benefits of chia seeds is that when chia seeds soak, they expand and become gel like.  This means a little goes a loooong way.  It doesn’t take many to make a big healthy splash in recipes, so if you’re limited on storage space, these are an incredibly heathy seed to store. chia-seeds-in-a-glass-3-1318190-640x480

 

Chia seeds are considered a “super food”, a whole grain, and have a ridiculous amount of healthy benefits. Chia seeds can regulate blood sugar, they are an antioxidant, high in protein and fiber.  Due to their high protein factor, they help you feel full longer, which may help with weight loss, which is another benefit of chia seeds.  Not many studies have been done on the effect of chia seeds and weight loss, but what has been done, suggests it can help, and certainly won’t hurt.

 

chia-seeds-628298_640Another benefit of chia seeds is that they have high levels of calcium, they can also help increase bone density.  And who doesn’t want super bones?

 

You can buy chia seeds online from many different manufactures, but I’d recommend to buy them from a whole foods store if possible.  That way you know you are getting the most pure, non-GMO product possible. After all, if you going to buy a super food, you might as well make sure it’s super healthy.

 

One of the last amazing benefits of chia seeds is that if you ever get stranded on a desert island with them, you can always make a pet.

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Chia seeds

Amount Per1 oz (28.4 g)

 
Calories 138
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9 g 13%
Saturated fat 0.9 g 4%
Polyunsaturated fat 7 g  
Monounsaturated fat 0.7 g  
Trans fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 5 mg 0%
Potassium 115 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12 g 4%
Dietary fiber 10 g 40%
Protein 4.7 g 9%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 17% Iron 12%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 23%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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