Chia seeds have been around for a while, especially in South America where it has been consumed for centuries. It’s only recently that chia seeds have taken off in the western countries and other parts of the world. People are now slowly realizing the benefits that one can get by adding just a handful of chia seeds to their everyday diet.
Various seeds have often been a core part of people’s diet and chia seeds are no different. With what they have to offer, it’s a must for everyone to make it a part of their diet if it isn’t already. Here are some of chia seeds’ benefits I’ve come to enjoy over the past few years:
I know you wanted to hear this one, didn’t you? These little seeds can pack a punch in your diet and contribute largely towards your weight loss goal. The best part about chia seeds are that they accelerate weight loss due to multiple factors which I’ll list below:
High In Fiber
Chia seeds are high in fiber and therefore our digestive system needs to work overtime in order to help digest the food. Through this, our digestive system draws more calories to help digest the chia seeds.
Keeps You Full For Longer
What better than a healthy food item that keeps hunger at bay? Nothing! Being small little seeds, they can easily be carried around and added to your trail mix too. They keep you full for longer primarily due to two reasons. The first one being that chia seeds are high in fiber which helps you stay full for longer periods. Secondly, chia seeds expand when they get wet, therefore when they’re inside your stomach they expand and keep you full for the next few hours.
Tryptophan is found in chia seeds which is known to regulate one’s appetite levels and thereby suppress your appetite for longer periods.
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and therefore it’s fantastic for digestion. A little less than 30 grams a day will account for a good one-third of the required daily intake of fiber.
Chia seeds are a good source of calcium with one serving of chia seeds contributing close to 18% of your daily required intake of calcium. Maintaining the ideal calcium levels helps in strengthening your bones and teeth and chia seeds are a good source to help you achieve that goal.
Have you tried chia seeds before? What do you think?