The New SuperFood- Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds can be used in a variety of ways in raw or cooked form, can be sprinkled ground or as a whole in vegetables, cereals or yoghurt. Begin with an ounce or two tbsps., every day and then you can increase the intake as per your ability to digest them. They have a slightly nutty flavour and are usually used as a garnish. The best way of consuming Chia Seeds is to either powder them or soak them to reap maximum benefits. ). If you choose to ground them, its best to store their powder in an air-tight glass container in the refrigerator or freezer, as else it may go bad when the fat turns bad.
Eating them dry isn’t harmful, however soaking them makes them easy to digest as also increase the number of nutrients your body will absorb. To soak the seeds, all you need to do is mix them in a 1:10 ratio to water and leave them be for some time (typically 30mins to a couple of hours).
THE SCIENCE BEHIND CHIA
Dietary Fats are the oils and fats that are primarily found in plant foods and animals and are used in cooking, added to processed foods and are essentially made of Fatty Acids.
They come saturated, mono and poly-saturated. Dietary fats not only provide energy but also aid in proper nutrient absorption and facilitate the brain and nerve functioning. From a whole range of dietary fats, only Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids are significant, which are not available in the human body, and hence need to be sourced from food or supplements.
From providing a whole range of nutrients like fibre, calcium, manganese, protein, omega-3 fatty acids to serving as a multipurpose ingredient in many baked items, smoothies or protein bars, Chia seeds are considered a Superfood. The Chia Seeds are known to have a lot of benefits for our health regime like promoting digestion, balancing blood sugar, preventing cancerous growth, supporting healthy skin, building stronger bones, aiding in weight loss, improving oral health as well as boosting the heart’s well-being.
Rich with antioxidants, Chia seeds help combat anti-ageing and protect the skin against free radical destruction. Their fibre-rich content serves as a pre-biotic in offering ample support to the good bacteria in the stomach, prevent constipation and as such aid in different health conditions and disease preventive measures. During pregnancy, these tiny pearls help make up for any shortfalls in the nutrient supplies for expectant mothers, give them an energy boost and also help in the baby’s development.