Chia seeds (salvia hispanica
) have become one of the most popular superfoods in the world. Originally grown in Mexico, the seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency! Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language. Recent research has found that the chia seed benefits are even greater than we realized.
Chia seeds are full of calcium and phosphorus to the extent that 1 tablespoon provides more than 10% of the recommended daily intake of calcium and more than 15% of phosphorus! chia seeds are one of nature’s riches antioxidants.
Antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems, and prevent further damage. Taking chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation free radical damage.
Chia is super-high in fiber. Fiber is essential for your body’s ability to balance insulin levels. The rich fiber content in chia seeds also helps people feel more full quicker because it absorbs a considerable amount of water and immediately expands in the stomach when eaten.
Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health. Chia seeds are high in linoleic, a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. For such a tiny seed, chia is quite high in healthy fats boasting more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3s work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation. Inflammation can put strain on blood vessels and cause heart disease. So by eating chia seeds you can boost and protect your heart thanks to the omega-3s!
By adding a serving of chia seeds a day you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat as well! Studies show that the addition of chia seeds to your diet also reduces visceral adipose tissue, a “belly fat” tissue that effects the metabolism of the body and is a component of obesity!
With chia seeds being packed with calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A and zinc, it’s no wonder that they are a top food to help your teeth! Calcium is the building block of your teeth and necessary for tooth health.
Chia Seeds Side Effects
There are very few side effects associated with chia seeds. some people may experience stomach discomfort when consuming chia seeds especially in large amounts due to the high fiber content. As with any food, eat in moderation and always drink plenty of water unless soaking your seeds.
How can you enjoy these seeds on the Dukan Diet? You can easily add them to all of your dishes: yoghurts, smoothies, desserts, pâtisseries, salads and cereals: the ideas are limitless.