Chía Seed

Chía Seed

LET’S TALK ABOUT COOL INGREDIENTS

The word chia means “strength” in Mayan, it is originally from Central America and was a basic element in the diet of the Mayas and Aztecs.

They are extremely versatile seeds when it comes to using them in the kitchen: You can add them to your smoothies, use them as a thickener in soups, in baking they serve as a replacement for eggs and with them we can also create quick and easy desserts both hot and cold.

It is very important to activate them in a liquid or crush them in order to absorb all their properties.

And what about their benefits?

They contain a large amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, iron, potassium, copper, zinc and calcium. They are also a great source of protein, rich in tryptophan (an amino acid that regulates appetite, sleep and improves mood).

In addition, a high fiber content, both soluble and insoluble, helps to keep us satiated and regulate intestinal transit. A 30-gram serving (about two tablespoons) can contain up to 12 grams of fiber.

Unlike other seeds, it also has a large amount of antioxidants, which among other things prevent the rancidity of its own fats.

PROTECTS THE HEART AND LOWERS CHOLESTEROL

Its high content of omega-3, an essential fatty acid with anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic and vasodilator properties, helps regulate blood pressure and blood cholesterol (decreasing LDL lipoproteins and increasing HDL).

Its high fiber content and the presence of beta-sitosterols, plant compounds that are beneficial in coronary diseases and against high cholesterol, also contribute to this.

PERFECT FOR REGULATING INTESTINAL TRANSIT

The high concentration of mucilage, a type of soluble fiber that grows in contact with water, causes chia seeds to increase tenfold in size in the digestive tract and to press on the intestinal walls. In this way, they stimulate bowel movements and improve constipation.

DIABETICS’ ALLY

Chia is a good supplement in the diabetic diet, again because of the large amount of fiber it contains. It helps regulate blood sugar levels in general, since the fiber captures part of those sugars and releases them slowly, which avoids glucose and insulin peaks in the blood.

TAKES CARE OF YOUR BONES

With only 30 grams of chia we get 20% of the recommended amount of calcium, an essential mineral to maintain bone mass and structure. It also provides boron, which helps metabolize calcium.