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Chia Seeds.. Are They Worth The Hype?

 

 

milada-vigerova-5fj-ShvSEnc-unsplashWe are used to hearing about the importance of a diet comprised of proteins, but many health experts are now promoting the importance of a daily intake of healthy fats and fiber. 

Whether you are dealing with a chronic condition, or are just looking after your health in general, fat and fiber are key nutrients we all need as they provide the baseline for our bodily systems to function favorably. 

If you are struggling to find a way to add a healthy amount of both fats and fiber to your daily meal plan, there is an option in which you can get both by adding just one ingredient to your diet each day- Chia seeds.

Chia seeds come from the Salvia Hispanica plant, a member of the mint family,and can be eaten raw or added to dishes. They may be tiny, but Chia seeds are chock full of antioxidants, iron, phosphorous, manganese and calcium. They are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids and insoluble fiber that can benefit your health in more ways than one.

 

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lesley signature-1Besides helping to maintain a healthy weight, a diet rich in fiber can help aid in digestion, help control blood sugar, and help you to feel full without overeating. What’s more, fiber has shown to improve gut health by feeding the good bacteria in our microbiome. In a healthy microbiome, good gut bacteria creates a gut lining which is impenetrable and helps to enhance immunity by stopping toxins from leaking into the bloodstream. Fiber backs up your body’s powerful, natural defenses.

Moreover, omega-3 fatty acids have even been associated with a lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases and age-related cognitive decline. Perhaps even more impressive is the idea that these fats can actually help you burn fat. Omega-3’s have shown to reduce inflammation, insulin resistance, and heart disease risk factors in subjects with metabolic syndrome, leading to a decreased risk of obesity. If that were not enough, these omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to improve eye health by reducing the risk of macular degeneration, as well as aid in fighting symptoms of depression and anxiety

It may seem too good to be true that you can get both of these health boosting nutrients from one food, but it really is that simple. 

If you have never tried Chia seeds before, check out our Nutrition and Recipes Board on Pinterest and see some of our favorite ways to add them to recipes. 

 

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