Monday, January 20, 2014
On my quest to live and eat healthier, I decided to try chia seeds. In case you're wondering why here are a few reasons.
Some studies are beginning to show chia seeds slow down digestion and in the presence of liquid form a gelatinous coat which can stop our blood sugar from spiking. This is a great benefit diabetics and everybody.
Chia seeds also have calcium. At this point in my life extra calcium is good for my bones. The bag recommends one tablespoon of chia seeds a day. I sprinkle them on my cereal or yogurt every morning which is extra calcium.
Chia seeds are also high in fiber which will help lower cholesterol.
I've noticed that I stay full longer after eating chia seeds in the morning. Another thing I discovered is that you don't want to eat chia seeds in public because they are tiny black balls that can stick between your teeth. I always brush right after eating them.
Some research says chia seeds contain tryptophan. So besides keeping you full longer, the tryptophan may help regulate your appetite and improve your mood.
Chia seeds also contain protein. They are high in antioxidants and during flu and cold season, I want all the antioxicants I can get.
So far I'm enjoying my chia seeds. I'm sure I won't enjoy every new healthy thing I try this year, but chia seeds are a keeper.