Chia Seeds are rich in plant omega-3 fats, antioxidants, protein and contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. They are natural super food, and so versatile when making breakfast.
When you eat Chia Seeds, it slows the access of your digestive enzymes to any carbohydrates present in the meal, thereby lowering the GI and helping you manage your blood sugar levels. The fibre in chia fuels the good bacteria in your colon, lowering your risk of colon cancer and other gut disorders, while boosting immune function.
Chia are also one of the few plant foods to supply high amounts of the plant omega-3 fat ALA. While this is not the same as the long chain omega-3s found in oily fish – we have a limited ability to elongate ALA to make the long chain omega-3 fats the brain and other body cells need – it is beneficial nonetheless and plays an anti-inflammatory role in the body.
10g of chia seeds provides about 2g of omega-3 fats.
Chia seeds are about 20% protein and unusually for a plant they contain all of the essential amino acids. They are therefore a valuable addition to vegetarian and vegan diets. Chia is also one of few foods that are truly a whole food – you buy and eat them completely intact. I love adding Chia Seeds to my granola, and making Chia Pudding.
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Source: Dr Joanna McMillan