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I’m sure by now you have heard of chia seeds, but do you know how important they can be for your everyday diet? First of all they have healthy Omega 3’s that your body needs especially if you are trying to lower cholesterol with healthy fats. Not only that, but they are high in essential nutrients and very low in calories (unlike other omega 3 sources like nuts).
Below are some stats from Authority Nutrition to give you the low down on the benefits:
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds contain:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
The fiber in chia seeds is concentrated to mostly fiber. This makes it good for cholesterol, digestion, heart health, feeling full and maintaining a healthy weight.
The fat in chia seeds are the good fats that your body must have for essential health.
Chia seeds contain a lot of protein for a seed, plus it has the amino acids that are used to assimilate the protein.
Sound too good to be true? They’re not! Chia seeds are a whole grain and gluten free. They are high in antioxidants, high in protein and you can easily add chia seeds to everything from oatmeal to soup to smoothies and muffins and your health will increase tremendously.
You may enjoy these delicious chia seed recipes:
No Bake Chia Seed Protein Peanut Butter Balls
Multigrain Chilled Summer Salad
Bruschetta with Avocado & Chia Seeds