By Lindenberg Junior

Image_Web_Sept 16_Chia SeedsOne of the main problems of dieting is not feeling full or satiated. Many people cheat on their diets or simply struggle because the foods they’re eating do not contain enough protein or fiber to keep them full and focused and they find themselves feeling hungry and experiencing cravings. The good news about Chia seeds and that many people still don’t know, is that Chia offer satiety. It helps you lower food cravings between meals.

Due to the “gelling” effect of chia seeds when mixed with water, tea, or other liquids, they help you to feel fuller for longer. It can be digested whole unlike other high fiber, high omega-3 seeds such as flaxseed. Due to this, chia seeds are much more versatile and can be added to different dishes a number of different ways. Chia seeds can be eaten, drunk, and digested entirely whole and still offer the same amount of nutrients and minerals. For those who are on a strictly gluten-free diet, there’s no worry of cutting chia seeds and their amazing health benefits out of your routine.

Besides the benefit to be easily digestible, it helps regulate blood sugar, and consequently increase your energy levels. When blood sugar is low, people can feel lightheaded, sluggish, and very weak. When blood sugar is high, it can lead to serious problems. Chia seeds is an excellent source of antioxidants, contain a lot of fiber (contain about 10 grams in just 2 tablespoons of the seed), a lot of minerals (just two tablespoons of chia seeds include up to 18% of the DRI for calcium, 24% for magnesium, 35% for phosphorous, and up to 50% for manganese), and are incredibly durable and have a long shelf life.

Chia seeds inclusive, can last up to two years without refrigeration! This wonderful seeds have been used by mankind for their health benefits for centuries. Both the Mayans and Aztecs have used it in their diets for generations, and most recently, the new and modern world, especially in United States, are enjoying the various nutrition benefits of chia seeds.

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