May 6, 2015: Either brown or black coloured, Chia seeds are not only power-packed with a brilliant nutritional profile but are also a must-have for reducing your waistline. They are generally soaked in water and consumed after they swell up.
Chia seeds can be added to almost everything from your breakfast menu to your dessert as they are tasteless & will not change the taste of your dish. Kickstart your day by adding these to your oatmeal or these seeds to your juices or smoothies. They can be a great addition to your puddings and muffins giving it a texture twist as well as making it nutritious. Sprinkle it on top of your salads, yoghurt or sandwiches to add that extra crunch.
In Hindi, Chia seeds are called sabja or even falooda once they swell up. Here are some other benefits of these whole grains that make it a superfood………
=}} Energy Booster
Chia seeds have a balanced proportion of carbohydrates, protein and fats which makes them an excellent source of energy-boosting food. They are also a great source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
=}} Accepted By The Body In Whole Form
These seeds do not require any processing to be consumed. Unlike other seeds, chia seeds are absorbed by the body in the whole form and they can be eaten without any further preparation.
=}} Source Of Dietary Fibre
Chia seeds are a great source of dietary fibre. They provide 34g of dietary fibre per 100g and have a high soluble fibre content. This provides satiety and slows down the process of digestion which may prove to be beificial for diabetics.
=}} Have Omega-3 Fatty Acids
They have omega-3 fatty acids which makes them heart healthy. They are a vegetarian powerhouse of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that helps fight inflammation and ward off cardiovascular disease, arthritis and ageing. They are also a great protein source for vegetarians.
=}} Keep You Hydrated
These seeds when soaked in water, take up water to expand and form a gel-like substance. This gel on consumption can keep you hydrated for a long time. This swelling capacity helps the detoxification and cleansing of toxins from your body.
=}} Helpful In Losing Weight
Chia seeds being low in calories and supplier of soluble fibre, healthy fatty acids and high protein makes for a must-eat food for people on a weight loss regime.
=}} Helpful For Skin, Hair, Nails
These seeds keep your skin glowing radiantly and promote healthy hair and nail growth. Here are some ‘Easy Tips To Grow Strong, Beautiful & Healthy Nails‘.