Why We ALWAYS Have Chia Seeds in the House
Chia Seeds are seriously the perfect food, and we eat them by the tablespoon! Yup, our preferred method of eating these tiny black seeds is not making them into a trendy pudding or topping a insta worthy smoothie bowl, but just dumping them in our mouth and taking a big gulp of water. It might not be the most visually appealing method, but it sure is efficient! Chia seeds are so easy to work with in the kitchen, they are essentially a small black sphere with a white orb in the middle of it. Once the Chia is exposed to moisture they start to absorb and expand to an almost gel consistency to easily thicken anything they are added to! The possibilities are endless with these little Aztec ancient grains!
The health benefits of chia seeds are just staggering, they are highly concentrated in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) , fiber, macro and micro nutrients! Chia Seeds are PACKED with oil, they contain nearly four times the oil of most of their grain cousins! Chia has a healthy Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio which is vital, along with it’s polyunsaturated fats for cellular health. Multiple studies have suggested that having sufficient EFA in the diet can aid in proper nutrient absorption, hormone function, oil production, cardio vascular health, mood, depression, memory, cognitive function and eye sight. Just to name a few! Chia is also a COMPLETE protein, a serving of chia seeds has 2g of protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. We refer to histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine as “essential amino acids” because they need to be consumed in balanced doses in your diet, our bodies can’t do it on it’s own. These amino’s are vital in things like the good skin and muscle maintenance. It’s extremely rare to find a complete protein in plant sources, which makes this little seed all the more impressive!
Chia seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, 4g per serving. The absorbent nature of soluble fiber acts like sponge, travelling through your system soaking up excess sugars, cholesterol and toxins in the body. Dietary fiber is heavily emphasized for it’s benefits in aiding with constipation, controlling blood lipids, improving intestinal health, improving insulin resistance and reducing the risk of colon cancer. Chia also packs a punch with it’s mineral nutrient profile, chia seeds are a source of calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Magnesium is missing from most of our diets, modern farming practices have depleted the nutrient from most of our soils. The mineral is a component in over 800 functions in the human body, from heart health to digestion, the magnesium in chia seeds is so important for the maintenance of good health.
The way we use chia in our diets is mainly as a fiber source, we take a tablespoon as soon as we eat something with a higher sugar content to help out our digestion. Sadly, years of not taking care of our digestive health has left us having to be super careful with trigger foods like sugar. So chia is a good way for us to help compensate for our little indulgences, our favorite brand is Natural Factors Organic Chia. There is cheaper bulk versions of chia seeds, we prefer the Natural Factors brand chia because it is both certified organic and vegan by Isura Testing. Isura is third party quality assurance program that stands behind is certifications as being lab tested for over 500 contaminants, which in today’s food market is always a selling point for us!