Chia seeds come from the flowering plant of Chia,which is native to Mexico and Guatemala.The scientific names of the plant are Salvia hispanica and Saliva columbariae,which is also called ‘golden Chia.Both of these belong to the mint family.Chia seeds looks similar to sesame seeds.Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica,which is related to the mint.
Chia seeds contain no cholesterol and are a good source of energy,protein,fat,carbohydrates,dietary fiber.Among st minerals they are a good source of calcium,phosphorus,potassium and magnesium.Chia seeds are also rich in vitamins such as vitamin C,thiamine,riboflavin,niacin.
Total Lipid 30.74
Vitamin C 1.6
Vitamin B 12 0
Fatty acids 3.33
Health benefits of Chia seeds:
1.Prevents heart diseases:
Chia seeds are considered as a heart-healthy food.The reason is that they are the richest source of omega -3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid in the vegetarian world.Omega-3 fatty acids are the good fats that protect the heart and prevent the onset of heart diseases by reducing the levels of omega-6 fatty acids and maintaining a stress-free cardiovascular system.
The antioxidants present in Chia seeds helps to repair skin cells and prevent further damage.The omega 3 fatty acids helps in maintaining moisture levels in the skin,prevent dryness,delay aging and the appearance of wrinkles.
The starches and carbohydrates present in Chia seeds are released slowly in comparison to conventional foods and are therefore ideal for type 2 diabetes as blood sugar level would not surge soon after having meals.
Chia seeds helps to eliminate dental issues.Chia seeds being rich in calcium,phosphorous and zinc are amazing for the teeth.They keep the teeth healthy,eliminate bad breath and helps in overall oral care.
5.Improves athletes performance:
Chia seeds drink can prove to be a great energy drink that boosts energy without contributing to any unhealthy sugar levels.
The nutrients in Chia seeds play a significant role in keeping a persons weight under control in the long run.Since these seeds control your appetite,it makes it easier for overweight people to stick to their goals and the lean ones to maintain their shape.
Chia seeds are richer in omega-3 fatty acids as compared to salmon or flax seeds.They play a key role in preventing the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and reducing the inflammation in the eyes.
Side effects of Chia seeds:
1.Chia seeds may cause rashes,hives,vomiting and diarrhea.
2.Because of the high fiber content in the seeds,chia seeds cause stomach issues in some people.
3.Chia seeds are known to treat hypertension as they act as blood thinners.
Fun facts of Chia seeds:
1.People have been eating Chia seeds for hundreds of years.
2.They make a great snack bar.
3.Chia makes a great plant based substitute for eggs.
4.Chia seeds offer healthy fats.
5.They are a great quality protein source.
How to buy and store Chia seeds?
1.Chia can be found at most health food markets including whole foods and can even be bought online .
2.You can buy them in the form of seeds or as a powder.
3.Try to buy black or white seeds.
4.Chia seeds can be stored in glass or plastic containers with tight lids,but the Chia flour might be kept in the refrigerator.
5.If you want to store Chia seeds for couple of years then store them in a dry and cool place and try to remove the air from them.Use the ziplock bags for better storage.
North Indian Dish:
Pineapple Chia seeds and pear juice:
1.2 1/2 cups pineapple cubes
2.1 1/2 tsp Chia seeds
3.1 cup pear cubes
4.1/2 tsp black salt
5.1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1.Combine the Chia seeds and 3 tbsp of water in a bowl,mix well and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
2.Combine the pineapple,pear and 1 1/2 cups of chilled water in a mixer and blend it smooth.
3.Transfer the pineapple mixture into a deep bowl,add all the remaining ingredients including the soaked Chia seeds and mix very well.
4.Refrigerate the juice for at least 1 hour.,
Protein 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 30.7 mg
South Indian Dish:
Energy Chia seeds drink with lime and honey,for athletes:
1.2 tbsp Chia seeds
2.1 tbsp honey
3.2 tsp lemon juice.
1.Combine the Chia seeds,honey,lemon juice and 2 cups of water in a jar and mix well.
2.Cover and keep refrigerated for at least 1 hour.
3.Just before serving,stir and drink.
Protein 2.6 g
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