Food for Thought-Chia seeds….

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Some of you may or may not have heard of Chia Seeds. They have really stepped into the spotlight in recent years as a superfood, but do these seeds really live up to the hype? Let’s take a closer look…

Nutritional Profile…

Chia is a source of Protein and Fibre. They contain roughly 1/3 of your recommended daily fibre intake. Along with being a protein source that is low in saturated fats, they are a source of an important Essential Fatty Acids– Omega 3 which in modern diets is often out of balance with Omega 6. Omega 3 helps reduce inflammation, improves nervous system function and aids in joint and bone and muscle function.

They are also a Calcium source which like protein, trying to source this mineral can lead to an increase in saturated fat consumption, so Chia is a handy way to boost intake whilst still keeping saturated fat levels in check.

They are also sources of Manganese and Phosphorus and including nutrient dense foods such as this, can help keep food cravings under control as nutrient deficiencies can manifest as food cravings.

Why include this in my diet…

Well, Chia absorbs a lot of water, when exposed to water the seed forms a gel-like barrier which tricks the body into feeling more satiated. This means you can use it to control hunger pangs and in turn a useful tool for weight control.

They are also an insoluble fibre source which is great for digestion and as they are digested slowly can help stabilise blood sugar levels. This has led to some promising research into using Chia to benefit those with Diabetes. Other studies have shown they may help lower LDL and Triglyceride Cholesterol levels. This is quite a punch for a humble little seed. Sprinkle on salads, porridge or add to smoothies or even make a pudding with them. They can easily be incorporated into your diet. So why not give them a try?

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