Translating literally to ‘strength’ in Mayan, Chia seeds have had their origins in Mexico. Legend has that Aztec warriors followed the ritual of consuming a spoonful of Chia before they left for a battle. The reason was simple. These seeds helped them to stay satiated for longer. After all, there’s a reason why these seeds have got the title of ‘Superfood’. They may be tiny, but don’t go by the looks of it. They’re quite versatile when it comes to the nutrition they pack in. Let’s take a bite.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
1. So Much Fibre
Chia seeds are super-rich in fibre. When we say super-rich, we mean the richest of all. Two tablespoons (30 grams) of chia seeds pack a whopping 11 grams of fibre, contributing to 42% of the recommended daily intake in just one serving! To put things in perspective, the same amount of brown rice would contain just 0.5 grams of fibre. Nice try, you healthy looking rice.
2. Stay Satiated Forever
The gut benefits of Chia seeds don’t stop with just Fibre. These tiny seeds keep you feeling fuller for longer as it absorbs a considerable amount of water and expands when it reaches your gut. The soluble fibre in chia seeds further create a gel-like substance that supports the growth of probiotics in the gut and keep you satiated. As per a 2017 study, people who consumed yogurt with a tablespoon of Chia seeds, consumed 25% fewer calories during the later meal as compared to the ones who ate plain yogurt. So we are not saying they do, but they may help stimulate weight loss. The only way to know, weight and watch!
3. Full of Protein
It’s always been a task for the guys following a plant-based diet to find foods that are whole protein. Usually found in meat, Chia seeds contain all the necessary amino acids that your body needs to keep functioning. Each tablespoon of Chia seeds could get 2 grams from this essential whole protein. You can further give it a boost by adding it to your primary protein sources such as soy milk, Quinoa, almonds and other nuts. Aren’t chia excited to try it!
4. Antioxidant Bomb
Free radicals, a naturally occurring by-product of the body can be the enemy of good health. Being nature’s one of the richest antioxidant foods, Chia seeds literally are the best warriors to fight these free radicals that damage cells and contribute to aging. There it is. We said it! Some reports on the internet also claim that Chia seeds could contain up to 30% more antioxidants than blueberries. That’s berry much of antioxidants in those small seeds!
5. Good Vibes Only
We already mentioned how these super magical seeds are a great source of plant-based protein and contain high-quality necessary amino acids. Out of these, one of them is Tryptophan. This powerful amino acid has the ability to lift your mood naturally, with its mood therapy nature. Along with this, Tryptophan is known to help get rid of sleep-deprivation, putting you to sleep, like a baby. So the next time you feel low or just can’t sleep, you exactly know where to go. Till then, Chia later!