Oh the chia seed. The small, unpretentious, little seed that is a secret powerhouse. Did you know that “chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength? Which came first, the seed or the name for strength? I’ll let you be the judge. Either way chia seeds are adequately named because they are excellent sources of sustainable energy. The most amazing quality of chia seeds are how little you have to eat to reap the benefits. One serving of chia seeds is just about two tablespoons, or 1 ounce. You get 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber and all the vitamins and minerals to boot all in 1 ounce!
Let’s get on to the benefits...
Like many of the other ingredients we use in our products, chia seeds are packed full of antioxidants. Antioxidants sound like a made up word that commercials try to use for sales but I assure you they are a real thing. Antioxidants help slow our bodies from aging, I wouldn’t say they reduce aging necessarily but they definitely help pump the brakes.
Did you know that chia seeds have more calcium than cow’s milk? When you compare dairy products and chia seeds ounce for ounce, chia seeds will win. If you’re worried about not getting enough calcium through consuming a plant-based diet, then look no further than chia seeds. For an added boost of calcium add chia seeds into a non-dairy milk such as rice milk and make chia seed pudding. This will take care of your calcium intake for the day plus you’ll get a delicious treat!
Anyone who is suffering from diverticulosis might benefit from consuming chia seeds. It has been shown that people who eat a high fiber diet can reduce their flare-ups. Chia seeds have 11 grams of fiber per two tablespoons which is a great deal. Increasing your chia seed consumption will raise the amount of fiber in your gut and keep those flare-ups to a minimum.
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for helping lower your risk of heart disease or managing the disease if you already have it. They have also been shown to lower your blood pressure which, of course, is great for your heart health. Seeds such as chia and flax are excellent sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. Gram for gram chia seeds actually have more omega-3s than salmon. Leave the fish in the wild and opt for chia seeds the next time you need some omega-3s.
You can get your omega-3 fatty acid from our Cherry Almond Fudge bars and you won’t ever have to deal with fishy aftertaste again.