I only recently started consuming chia seeds after a friend introduced it to me. Since then, I would soak the seeds in water and wait for it to swell before adding them to other fruits and blending into a smoothie. I gathered from studies that same way that chia seeds swell up when soaked in water, applies to our stomach as well as they tend to expand in our stomach when consumed. This expansion gives us the feeling of fullness which is good if one is trying to control one’s food intake as part of a weight loss plan. Studies do not show a direct correlation between consuming chia seeds and actual weight loss but the feeling of fullness keeps one from consuming more food, which can help in weight loss by reducing excessive food consumption.
Other than that, chia seeds are a super food that is packed full of nutrients. They contain more calcium than diary products and more omega-3s than salmon. These tiny seeds are rich in protein, fiber, fat of which are omega-3s, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and many micro nutrients. The beauty of chia seeds is that they contain very low calories, they are whole grains and gluten-free as such makes for a healthy meal.
Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants which combats free radicals that damage cell molecules and cause aging and diseases like cancer as such, chia seeds are healthy foods that protects the body.
Chia seeds are also 40 percent fiber in that most of its carbohydrates are actually fibers which is why it is a low carb, low calorie food coupled with its high protein content that makes it ideal for people who want calorie controlled diets to loose weight.
I soak the seeds in water before combining with other fruits to make smoothies and you can also combine them with other foods as well like porridge or even cookies. Whichever way you choose to consume these seeds, be sure that your body will thank you for it.