You might already know I am not a fan of spending a fortune on any of the newest super-nutritious, unpronounceable and over-priced foods that pop up everywhere these days. I even resisted chia seeds for quite a while but after some research, I figured they are well worth the price.
So What Are the Benefits of Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are an unbelievably concentrated source of protein, fiber, healthy fats (especially omega-3 fatty acids) B Vitamins and various minerals (iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese). The protein is a complete one, which is important especially for vegans, so the seeds can be included among the numerous high-quality plant protein sources.
For illustration, see the complete nutritional values:
CHIA SEEDS – NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
(1 ounce = 28 grams)
|Amount||% of Daily Value|
|Calories||137 (574 kJ)||7%|
|– of which fiber||10.6 grams||42%|
|– of which saturated fat||0.9 grams||4%|
|Vitamins||% of Daily Value|
|Minerals||% of Daily Value|
Sources: USDA National Nutrient Database, nutritiondata.self.com
They are also naturally gluten free, rich in antioxidants and low carb – if you don’t count the fiber, which is mostly non-digestible anyway, an ounce of chia seeds only contains 1.7 grams of carbohydrates.
Thanks to their unique nutritional profile, chia seeds give you a lot more energy than other foods. I even noticed that I can concentrate much more easily after eating them – most likely due to the omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to enhanced brain function. Due to their ability to absorb lots of water, chia seeds will also make you feel full longer.
But what makes them such a staple in my (and hopefully yours too) kitchen? They are extremely versatile! You can add them to cereal, bars, smoothies, baked goods, dips, make them into pudding or even use them as an egg replacement (as in my Chocolate Muffins with Plums or Amaranth Patties with Mexican Spices).
Bottom line is, I feel the benefits of chia seeds more then outweigh the higher costs and are one of the superfoods worth investing in.
P.S. If you don’t want to spend that much money but still enjoy most of the benefits, get yourself a package of flax. Just make sure to grind it before use so that your body can absorb it. You can use a simple coffee grinder for the job. I don’t recommend buying ground flax because it is often rancid or goes rancid very quickly after opening.
Where do you stand on chia seeds?
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