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Chia seed

door Aysegul Demir on June 05, 2020

Where do chia seeds come from?

Chia seeds are the small black seeds of the chia, a plant mainly found in South America. The seeds were already eaten thousands of years ago by the Aztecs and the Maya, who believed that these seeds had a healing effect. Chia seeds are naturally resistant to a variety of pests. This means that no pesticides are required when growing these seeds. Chia seeds are therefore healthier and better for the environment than many other plants and seeds.

Are chia seeds healthy?

Chia seeds are very nutritious and contain many important nutrients. Eating these seeds therefore has many health benefits. The recommended daily amount of chia seeds is 15 grams: one to two tablespoons.

Chia seeds against diabetes

Chia seed slows down digestion, which means it contributes to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, chia seed slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, which keeps your blood level in balance.

Heart and vascular disease

Chia seeds contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats are good for the brain and help prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition, this substance also ensures that we suffer from stress less quickly.

Good for digestion

Chia seeds contain a lot of fiber, which is very important for good intestinal function. Fiber promotes bowel movements, is good for digestion and prevents constipation. 28 grams of chia seeds even contain a third of the recommended daily amount of fiber.

Chia seeds for strong bones

Chia seeds are rich in calcium: one serving of these seeds already contains almost 20% of the recommended daily amount of calcium. This mineral is necessary for the construction and maintenance of our teeth and bones. For example, it can help prevent bone loss.

How can I eat chia seeds?

Chia seeds have a neutral flavor, making them easy to add to a variety of dishes. We give you some tips for incorporating chia seeds into your diet:

  1. Mix the chia seeds with a bowl of yogurt or cottage cheese
  2. Add the chia seeds to your smoothie 
  3. Mix your chia seeds with a salad

It is best to soak the chia seeds in a container of water for a while, so that a gel-like substance is formed. As a result, the minerals are better absorbed by your body. Another way to better absorb the nutrients is to grind the chia seeds before consuming them.

Recipe chia pudding for 2 people

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 500 ml almond milk / coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Honey to taste
  • Topping of your choice, nuts, coconut grater, fresh fruit (optional)

Step 1. Mix the first 3 ingredients well in a bowl.
Step 2. Divide the mixture between two bowls.
Step 3. Then put the bowl in the fridge for at least 6 hours (or just overnight).
Step 4. Add the honey, nuts, coconut grater and / or fresh fruit as a topping and enjoy!

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Allergic reactions to chia seeds

Although chia seeds are very healthy, some people should not eat this product. Chia seeds have a blood-thinning effect, making the seed unsuitable for people who take blood thinners. Chia seeds can also cause allergic reactions such as a rash, a swollen tongue and difficulty breathing. People who are allergic to mustard seeds are more likely to be allergic to chia seeds as well.

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