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chia seeds


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I read all the nutritional benefits about chia seeds so I bought some and tried. Omg they take all my hunger away. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing.
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BUCS1221 2/20/2014 9:28PM

    I have been on chia seed since Jan 2 2014 and as of now I have lost 5 lbs, but I have also count my calories and tracking on spark people. I use 1 tbsp in a 16 oz water bottle and I make up 2 bottles in the evening so they will be reeady for me to take to work in the morning. I put them in the refrigerator overnight. I also drink more water when I finished with them. I use flavoring into the water that is free of calories and add them into the chia seed bottle at times. I try to drink 8 to 9 cups of water daily. They recommend you to drink more water. Yes it does make you have bowel movements and keep you regular. I have notice my stomach is not bloating like it use to be. I have felt very good, but do not take it when it is time to go onto bed or you will be wide awake. chia seed has help me so far. Hope this has helped you!!!
Tammy

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REBBUL67 2/16/2014 1:43PM

    Chia seeds are a great source of protein and also help with bowel regulation if you are constipated (I only know this because one of the group homes bake them into muffins to help their residents poop, LOL). I have heard about a lot of nutritional benefits of chia seeds. I add them to my oatmeal and salad.

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STARLITNIGHT 2/10/2014 11:50PM

    I put chia seeds, flax seed, and hemp hearts is my oatmeal and my turkey patties. I put it in my nutrabullet and grind them together. Just a little goes a long way, it bumps up my calories, I never get enough calories in if I don't.

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LISACHOSECHANGE 2/6/2014 4:53AM

    i should try them.From the info i see here they are realy good for you.

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MOTHEPRO 2/5/2014 9:29PM

    I love chia seeds! I put them on cereal, oatmeal, or sprinkle them on fruit and yogurt.

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DCWILLIAMS831 2/5/2014 8:16PM

    Your blog peaked my interest. So I went surfing. Here is some information about Chia seeds.

What Is Chia?

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. "Chia" means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.

The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.
Can Chia Really Help You Lose Weight?

In theory, chia seeds are supposed to expand in your belly, helping you to feel full, eat less, and ultimately shed pounds. But one study indicates otherwise.

"Over a 12-week period, we did not see a change in appetite or weight loss" in study participants who consumed chia seeds, says researcher David Nieman, DrPH, a professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. "Our study showed no reduction in body weight, body fat and no improvement in traditional cardiovascular markers from 50 grams of chia per day.

A study reviewing the body of scientific evidence on chia found similar results.

"The evidence is limited on chia, and only two clinical trials examined heart health and body weight," says explains researcher Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD. "One showed some beneficial heart effect, but neither showed any effect on weight loss."

Hope this answers any questions you may have about whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. One thing's for certain, you can find studies that support both.


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