Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds


January 2, 2014

Care of Amy Symington

Little did we know in the 80’s that chia seeds not only make the ultimate furry friends, but that they are also a super food.

Chia seeds are a source of ALA or alpha-linolenic fatty acid.  ALA fatty acids are essential in our diet, meaning that they must be consumed through dietary means as our bodies do not produce them naturally. Many health benefits have been researched and discovered concerning the consumption of ALA rich foods, like chia seeds. They may potentially reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, stress and may lower bad cholesterol levels. Most recently, one large study even suggests that ALA consumption may reduce the growth of breast cancer cells. However, the strongest health benefit noted to date for ALA fatty acid consumption is its link to Coronary Heart Disease risk reduction.

On top of its chronic disease prevention powers via ALA, chia seeds are also high in protein, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C and are great for regulating blood sugar levels.  They are high in antioxidants and are gluten free.  They are also high in fibre; which helps with weight maintenance, increasing beneficial bacteria growth in the intestine and helping with vitamin and mineral absorption.  Moreover, chia seeds are an amazing egg substitute in baking.

Use them in baked goods, homemade granolas, puddings, and smoothies for a nutrient boost.

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