I’d like you to meet my little friends: chia seeds.
Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds:
Yes, these are the seeds that make chia pets. But they do much cooler things than simply growing you a pet with a big green afro. The benefits of eating them include healthier digestion and increased hydration. Chia seeds absorb more than 10 times their weight in water, creating a gel that slows the conversion of carbs to sugar. What this means for you is steady blood sugar, extended energy, and maintained endurance.
If that’s not enough, chia seeds are chock full of protein, Omega 3 (+ Omega 6) fatty acids, fiber (both soluble + insoluble), calcium, plus a multitude of additional vitamins and minerals.
Flax seeds are currently getting a lot of attention for their benefits, but if you put them in the ring with chia seeds, it’s a chia TKO. They are higher in Omega 3’s than flax, the seeds don’t go bad (unlike flax), and you don’t have to grind them up in order to absorb their nutrients. Chia seeds can be eaten exactly as they are.
I buy mine from The Raw Food World. Chia Love! :)
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