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Learn about the unbelievable health benefits of eating chia seeds?

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What are the unbelievable health benefits of eating chia seeds?

Dear readers, and friends,

Introduction:

Chia seeds are also known as “Golden Chia” or “Salvia Hispanica”.

Discover the health benefits of chia seeds

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Salvia-Hispanica-Chia-

Grown in Mexico and South America.
Chia was used by Mayan and Aztec Cultures for Supernatural powers.

To begin with, Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories.

They are loaded with antioxidants, as well as high in quality protein and fiber.

Things you need to know about Chia seeds.

Unbelievable! chia seeds are some of the most popular superfoods you can try easily to eat.
The origin of chia seeds
The word “Chia” is derived from the natural word “Chian”, meaning oil.

These tiny black and white seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant have a long history.

Chia seeds were first used by the Aztecs as early as 3500 B.C and were a cash crop in the center of Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C

As a matter of fact, chia was harvested in the Valley by the Teoti Imacan. It was at the time one of the main components of the Aztec diet.

And could be easily carried on long trips serving as a high energy food.

The Aztecs called “Chia” the food of endurance.

How was Chia used by the Aztecs people?

Research from Wikipedia.

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Chia-seeds-

 

I found that “chia” was used by the Aztecs as food.
They used to mix it up in water and drunk as a beverage.

In addition, they grounded chia into flour and uses as well in medicines and pressed for oil.

The fascinating part for me to know that chia flour could be stored for many years unbelievable! isn’t it?

The legend tells that by eating a single spoon you had the strength to walk 24 hours in a row without stopping.

Amazing historical secrets.

The Aztecs also offered chia to the Gods during religious ceremonies.

But, when the Spanish Conquerors landed the new land in 1500.

They repressed the natives and suppressed their traditions and the commercialisations system that had existed.

Subsequently, many crops that had held a major position in Pre-Columbian American diets. Were Banned by the Spanish, because of their close association with religion.

Chia, as a result, was deliberately eliminated.

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South-America

 

More recent historical facts.

Amazingly survived but only in a regional area in Mexico for the last 500 years.

Until early 1990 a group of American and South American Scientists, Nutritionists and Agriculturalists.

Began collaborating in commercial production of chia in Argentina in the hope of rediscovering.

The lost nutritional plants in the Aztec tradition and civilizations.

Today chia is grown and consumed commercially in its native Mexico and as well as:

  • Bolivia
    Argentina
    Ecuador
    Nicaragua
    Australia and
    The Southwestern United States.
  • Guatemala

Functional properties of Chia seeds.

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Seeds-Salvia-Hispanica-

The plant.

Chia is an annual herb growing up to 1,75 meters (5.7 feet) tall.

With opposite leaves that are 4-8 cm (1,6-3.1 in) long and 3-5 cm (1.2-2.0 in) wide.

Its flower is purple or white and is produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem.

The seeds.

Typically, chia seeds are small ovals with a diameter of around 1 mm (0,039 in)

They’re mottle-colored, with brown, gray, black, and white.

The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in a liquid when soaked.

While soaking, the seeds develop a mucilaginous coating.

That gives chia-based beverages a distinctive gelatinous texture.

Other Uses.

They also may be made into a gelatin-like substance or consume raw.

The gel from ground seeds may be used to replace the egg content in cakes.

While providing other nutrients, and believe me is a common substitute in vegan baking.

Is there any difference between, black and white seeds?

According to The Chia Co, they’re isolated purely for consumers’ aesthetic preferences.
As long as your seeds are black or white.

Let me tell you about Proven Health Benefits of eating Chia seeds every day.

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Chia-plant-flower-

When eating in moderation, chia seeds, help raise the good cholesterol level.  The one that protects you against heart attack.

Besides helping reduce appetite and weight loss.
Chia, the superfood is at is most nutritious giving you a hearty dose of Omega-3, fiber, and protein.

How much of chia seeds can I eat?

A common dosage recommendation is 20 grams about 1,5 tablespoons of chia seeds twice a day.

The majority of people can tolerate eating chia.  However, if you’re not used to eating a lot of fiber.  You might experience to have some side effects from it.

That’s why it’s always recommended to use moderation!

Because excessive fiber intake can cause you to have:

Abdominal pain
Constipation
Diarrhea
Bloating and gas.
Just be sure to use it properly to avoid this digestive issue.

Preliminary Health research.

Although researches indicate potential health benefits from consuming chia seeds.  It is always wise to consult your physician prior to a diet change.

Drugs interactions?

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Flax-seeds-bouquet

No evidence to date indicates consuming chia seeds has adverse effects on or interacts with prescription drugs.

What’s so special about chia seeds?

These miracle seeds are a concentrated food, they contain healthy supplements such as:

Omega-3 fatty acids
Carbohydrates
Protein
Antioxidants and
Calcium.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed whole grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flax seeds)

Which is better chia seed or flax seed?

I believe that both chia and flax seeds are rich in a variety of nutrients.

In my case, I used both, and love it!

As you can see both seeds contain the amount of:
Protein and Omega-3 fats.

A gift to your heart!

  • I probably do not teach you anything if I tell you that Omega-3 fatty acids can help to:
  • Maintain balanced levels of triglycerides
  • Keep your arterial tension at the right level
  • Support your cardiovascular system.

But keep reading for good news!

Chia, the super amazing seed so good for you!

By eating chia every day, you can maintain :

Blood pressure

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Chia-Mexico

Blood sugar
Cholesterol level
Energy level
Skin
Joints
Digestion

 

And much more…

That’s right the little tiny chia seeds are so damn good for you!

Because by regularly consuming these fantastic seeds you will be able to:

  • Regulate your transit thanks to the balanced fiber content.
  • Limit the risk of developing diabetes as the seeds slow down the rate of assimilating carbohydrates.
  • Therefore regulate the level of glucose in the blood. Strengthen your muscles.
  • Act against the signs of aging

Because of their concentration of antioxidants that act on free radicals

Chia seeds contain three times more than fresh blueberries, isn’t it fantastic?

On top of that eliminate toxins from your body.

What else?

Calm the feeling of hunger, in that case, you don’t have the need of snacking.

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Simple-chia-seeds-shake

 

Also, because of the high fiber and protein content in chia seeds.
That may help you to lose weight.

Many health experts believe that chia seeds can help aid weight loss.

Because its soluble fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in your stomach.

Which should increase fulness and blow the absorption of food.

But, always be sure to drink plenty of water (2 glasses) at least after ingesting chia seeds.

In order to avoid cramps or other gastrointestinal distress, simply drink water.

Do I have to soak chia seeds to get the benefits of them?

Actually, it will be better for you to soak them in a little bit of water.

Add chia seeds and water into a glass or bottle and stir well to combine.

Let sit for about ten minutes to allow chia seeds to swell up.

Each morning before breakfast, I will start my day, having chia I think is the best!

I will soak in a glass one full teaspoon in warm filtered water, adding one juice of fresh lemon and ginger.

I let it soak for ten minutes and drink it.

Try doing that to get all the benefits for your body it will be terrific for you!

Because, as I said before, chia seeds are essential to detoxify your body.  It cleanses your digestive tract system.

But if you have some issue with acid-reflux then you can eat them dry.

Because, when eating dry it is more likely to absorb acid, but be sure then to drink plenty of water, so important never forget to get some fluid.

Do you know that chia is a perfect substitute for fat?

Chia seeds make foods smoother by absorbing up to 12 times their own weight in water and of course

Chia replace fewer healthy fats with Omega-3 fatty acids
Which are beneficial for your heart.

Chia is a perfect thickener for soups, broth, and gravies.

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On top of that, chia is valuable for vegetarians

Thanks to their content and remember it is a complete protein that contains many essentials amino acids.

As you know, chia texture is not granular when you grind the seeds they reduce to powder and fit perfectly to your dishes.

By using chia seeds in your kitchen you will revolutionize your dishes.

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Chia-seeds-pudding

 

Because chia has no taste, unlike flax.

Chia seeds in the kitchen.

You can add chia seeds without problems to any on your recipes.

If you choose the wrong ingredients or a poor preparation method in your cooking

That can ruin the beneficial effects of Chia.

As an example:

If you add white sugar to your preparation and if you cook your cake at a very high temperature Expect to lose the virtues of the

Omega-3 of certain vitamins and the benefits of polyphenol.

But even worse, you could trigger a glycation process that results in the appearance of Maillard bodies as acrylamide.

Glycation process is a nightmare process which degrades important body tissues.

Always be sure to the quality of ingredient you use.

Here my recipe tips for you.

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Yogurt-fruit-Chia-seeds

Chia pudding.

Ingredients.

2 cups coconut milk

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon coconut milk

Preparation:

Whisk 2 cups of coconut milk, add cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the pinch of salt.

Fold in chia seeds in a bowl.

Transfer all the mixture to a large jar with a lid.
Allow resting at least 10 minutes.

Alternate gently rotating the jar and resting for another 30 minutes.

Refrigerate chia mixture few hours or overnight.

Then transfer the pudding to bowl, mix shredded coconut and coconut milk together.

Drizzle one tablespoon coconut milk over the pudding.

You can try mango chia smoothie as well.

Easy to make:

Mango
Banana
Chia seeds
Turmeric
Blended with almond milk.
So good for you!

In conclusion:

Chia seeds will boost the fiber, protein, calcium. antioxidants and Omega-3 in your diet. Consume chia in moderation, drink plenty of fluid.
The beauty of these seeds is that you can add some in your salads, soups, and dessert.
Terrific for you!

Did you enjoy this article?
If so, let me know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
Thank you.
Jacqueline.

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