WOW .. .. .. OK, so here at the benefits of Chia Seeds. But first .. .. .. I take chia seeds in water each morning before breakfast and again before dinner. I put 1-2 Tablespoons in a small glass of water and drink down. They are pleasant tasting. They provide soluble fiber, filling us up a bit before eating, they bulk up quickly; making foods, sugars, etc absorb slower, which in turn keeps our bodies from releasing lots of insulin. When our bodies release a lot of insulin in response to simple sugars and simple carbohydrates, this in turn triggers the body to store more fat. So when we are able to keep our body's insulin in check, without too many spikes, then this is healthier for us. (I first found out about their benefits when a friend with diabetes told me that her doctor recommended that she use them daily. She was able to decrease her meds due to regular use of chia seeds. She got my attention, so I read up about them on the internet).
An added benefit is that Chia Seeds are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which I believe that I heard are like 4x more packed with Omega 3's than Flax Seeds.
I buy them fresh from a health food store. You can add them to a smoothie, yogurt, cereal, muffin recipes or sprinkle on a salad. I take them in water mostly, to be sure I am consistant in "eating" them. Easy also to add to yogurt, but will bulk up quickly so don't add too many the first time. Hope this helps. Jill
Here's add'l info from a helpful website: Also, chia seeds, particularly the Salba variety - are high in iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fibre. “Iron and folate are both essential nutrients needed for health,” says Remmer. The calcium and magnesium promote bone and dental health, while the omega-3s help your heart by lowering triglycerides – the bad fats in your blood that can cause coronary artery disease. “The soluble fibre helps decrease cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps you feel fuller longer,” says Remmer.
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I use them instead of oatmeal as I don't do whole grains. Soak them a couple hours in water, then put them in a blender with some bananas and berries, maybe a dash of cinnamon. Blend them up and they are awesome.
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They have fiber & are high in omega 3s & protein. They will help keep you full longer.
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