Chia Seeds are Small but Big on Health Benefits:
Chia seeds are often thought of as the tiny seeds meant to turn novelty pottery shapes into living forms of questionable art. However, this little seed is gaining a reputation that will gain them more respect as more people are discovering the little seed with superfood powers. With numerous health benefits and an affordable price point it is making its way to more supermarket shelves as demand grows.
It is most of all a great source of omega-3 fats and fiber and easy to add to smoothies, bake goods and include in other food preparations such as dressings and toppings.
The seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family. It was important to the Aztec community and remained mostly obscure and unknown in North America until a few decades ago.
Research studies have shown the chia seed is promising in providing positive health benefits that include energy boosting, aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, improving sleep and aiding in cardiovascular health.
Chia seeds range in color from white to black and they contain calcium, protein, manganese, phosphorus and healthy doses of omega-3 fats. They can be eaten whole or milled which makes them easy to use and consume. It is important to choose high quality sources for the seed and avoid buying weed seeds of the chia plant species that are sold as quick sprouting plants for novelty gifts. Red seeds are immature chia seeds and should be avoided as they do not contain nutritional benefits of the white, brown, and black seeds. Buying from a trusted health centered food market is the best choice.
Because the seeds are tasteless they are easy to add to foods. Because chia seeds are small they can go unnoticed in foods and are simple to add to salads, gravies, deserts, muffins, cookies, breads, and to toppings such as honey, preserves, or apple butter. High quality chia seeds are easy to sprout and add to meals too.
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