Chia Seeds – Good Or Bad?

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Chia seeds are low-calorie grains of Spanish sage.

Chia has a long shelf life and a rather pleasant nutty flavor. It is usually white, gray, brown, and black in color with a peculiar embossed pattern. Regardless of the color of the chia seed, it has the same properties.
The seeds are consumed both in their pure form and as additives to cereals, vegetables, sauces, salads, infant formulas, juices, yogurts, and cocktails. It is not recommended to subject chia seeds to heat treatment, as a large number of useful qualities disappear.

Chia seeds contain:

  • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.
  • 8 times more omega-3 than salmon.
  • 6 times more calcium than in milk.
  • 6 times more protein than beans.
  • 3 times more iron than in spinach.
  • 2 times more potassium than in bananas.
  • 2 times more fiber than bran.
  • 4 times more selenium than flax seeds.
  • more antioxidants than blueberries.

Useful properties of chia seeds:

  • improve the functioning of the digestive system.
  • regulate body weight, of course, with proper nutrition and drinking enough water.
  • improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system.
  • reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood.
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds provide a feeling of satiety, which leads to a decrease in appetite.
  • improve the condition of teeth and strengthen bones.
  • waistline becomes thinner because chia regulates blood sugar, one of the causes of belly fat.

As you can see, chia seeds contain many beneficial properties, but excessive or improper consumption of chia can harm your health.

We do not recommend consuming chia seeds:

  • while taking aspirin.
  • if you are allergic to sesame seeds or mustard.
  • in case of low blood pressure.
  • If you suffer from kidney disease, consult your doctor before using this product.
  • if you are taking blood thinners.
  • in case of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and diarrhea.

Chia seeds or any other product can be both beneficial and harmful.

The main thing is the correct use and quantity. It is recommended to consume chia seeds for no more than 12 days in a row.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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