Chia seeds have been all the rage for the last couple of years, but does anyone know why they are so special?
Chia seeds are known as a ‘superfood’. Even experts at Harvard recognise they offer “benefits beyond their nutritional value, such as lowering cholesterol or improving gut health.”
They have been around since 3500 BC, but they have really taken off lately, as more and more people search for healthier products. In fact, it is expected that the chia seed market will reach more than $2 billion (£1.69 billion) by the end of 2022.
The reason they have become so popular is that just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain four grams of protein, 11g of fibre, seven grams of unsaturated fat, 18 per cent of the recommended daily allowance for calcium, and minerals, including zinc and copper. They are also the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is great news for vegetarians and vegans. This is all just in 140 calories.
According to Heathline, they are also full of antioxidants, helping to delay aging and protect against cancer.
It is also thought to help with weight loss, as the protein can reduce appetite, the fibre may prevent obesity, and having a more balanced, nutritious diet could help those wanting to shed the pounds.
Anyone at risk of heart disease should also start popping some chia seeds in their smoothies, as they are thought to lower cholesterol in the blood. They also promote bone health, thanks to the calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous content.
What’s more, they are thought to reduce blood sugar levels, so they are a good choice for diabetics.
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