In recent months like me, you’ve probably noticed lots of recipes that include chia seeds in them. Yet even though they are a Paleo approved food they don’t appear at the top of the list. In fact, they appear way down and as a result, you should keep your consumption of them low.
Most of the recipes I’ve come across use them to make desserts with. But I tend to use them in smoothies.
I can tell that chia seeds have become popular lately because they aren’t just available in health food stores. All the main grocery stores where I live now stock them.
The reason that these seeds are proving popular is that they can add some variety to a meal. Also if you happen to suffer from any food sensitivities you’ll find these worth including in your diet. People who have a sensitivity to eggs will find including chia seeds in their diet a good idea.
But it isn’t all about being beneficial to those who have food sensitivities. There are plenty of reasons why you and I should include these little seeds in our diet as well.
In just 1 ounce (28g) of chia seeds, you’ll find it contains 9g of fat. Of this 5g is made up of mainly Omega 3 fats, with small amounts of Omega 2 and 6 as well.
Also in this small amount of chia seeds, you’ll find it contains 12g of carbs. Of this 11g is actually made up of fiber.
Finally, in just 1 ounce of these tiny seeds, you’ll find 5g of protein. Which is small in comparison to the amount of fat and fiber in this food.
Yet although it contains lots of fat the amount of carbs found in this food is low. So is suitable not only for those following a Paleo diet but anyone who wants to follow a Keto diet as well.
For anyone who is looking to lose weight inclusion of such food in their diet is a good idea. As already mentioned these seeds contain a great deal of fat. Chia seeds can help you to lose weight by making you feel fuller for longer after a meal. In turn, this will help to reduce any sugar cravings.
Also, you’ll find that your body becomes much more effective at burning any fat stored in it. This is because there are certain enzymes contained within the chia seed.
When released into the body these enzymes help your liver to break down fatty acids easier. Again meaning your body is able to provide itself with energy to work better. As a result, it will help your body to burn off unwanted calories and fat.
Yet although it does come with certain benefits. I wouldn’t be looking at Chia Seeds in the same way as some other foods are. These to me aren’t a superfood, but more of a health one. One which when used in moderation will help you a great deal.