Chia seeds are probably the healthiest food on the planet. Contain nutrients that are important for the proper function of the body and the brain.
These little seeds of Salvia, which is related to the Hispanic Mint and naturally occurs mainly in South America. Chia seeds were a common part of Mayan and Aztec food for centuries. Today have become very popular due to their health benefits.
2 tbsp chia seeds (about 30 g) contains:
- Dietary fiber: 11 g
- Protein: 4 g
- FAT: 9 grams (5 g is omega-3)
- Calcium: 18 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
- Manganese: 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
- Magnesium: 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
- Phosphorus: 27 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
- They also contain zinc, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and potassium.
Health benefits of chia seeds
Chia are very rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially the omega 3. Fats, which are contained in the Chia seeds are from 60% made up of just the omega 3, which makes them one of the best sources of these acids. Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory effects and reduce high cholesterol.
Anti-inflammatory, reduces cholesterol and supports healthy bowel function and digestion. Chia seeds are a very good source of fiber. 2 tablespoons lžice (about 30 g) contain about 11 g dietary fiber, which is one-third of the recommended daily allowance.
Chia are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body against free radicals, aging and cancer.Thanks to its high content of antioxidants are long skladovatelnou food. Lasts up to 2 years.
Chia seeds are able to absorb 10-12 times more water than is their weight, causing a greater feeling of satiety.
Do not contain gluten or grains, therefore, are suitable for people on a gluten-free diet.
Can be eaten whole
For example, flax seeds, which are also rich in fiber, omega 3 and minerals we need to crush or pomlít before eating so that our body took advantage of to the maximum. These do not have to do with chia.
Regulation of blood sugar
Play an important role in the maintenance of optimal levels of insulin in the blood. May reduce insulin resistance and lower the abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.