When you look at a list of superfoods, you will likely find chia seeds listed at some point. They often top many of these superfood lists, especially those related to smoothie additions and similar. However, many people are not aware of exactly why these tiny black seeds are so beneficial—they simply buy them up and include them in their diet simply on the word that they are a superfood.
Packed With Nutrients
Chia seeds contain what is essentially a laundry list of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Some of the most prominent include the following per 28-ounce serving of chia seeds: 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (including 5 grams of omega-3s), and an array of potassium, calcium, B2, B3, and more. In short, you can get a lot of nutritional benefits from these tiny seeds. Some other nutritional benefits include
Weight Loss Power
Both the fiber and protein in chia seeds work to help fill you up quickly and maintain that feeling of fullness, both of w hic help reduce snacking and promote weight loss, particular when combined with a healthy exercise regime. The reduction in appetite from consuming chia seeds on a regular basis must be in combination with other healthy dietary choices and regular exercise, otherwise you risk counteracting the benefits.
Chia seeds, if you were to try eating them by themselves, are actually quite bland in flavour. So while this does not make them appetizing on their own, it does render them quite easy to incorporate into your diet. Perhaps the most popular use for them, even beyond chia pudding, is to add in a few teaspoons to a smoothie. But in addition to this, you can add chia seeds to muffins, banana bread, and other baked goods. You can even include them in savoury dishes if you think about the quantities carefully.