Although chia was cultivated and used as food and medicine by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times, it wasn’t until a few years ago that its useful properties became well known again.
Chia seeds are full of nutrients such as fiber, high-quality protein, healthy fats, minerals and antioxidants, and have very few calories. They are a great source of energy and can improve exercise performance; that is the reason why they are known as “the runner’s food”. This superfood causes major improvements in the digestive system, metabolism, bones and dental health, heart and muscle health, as well as diabetes.
Daily dose and risks
The daily dose is about 1-2 teaspoons, for kids – half a teaspoon. Some of the side effects may include stomach discomfort, lower blood pressure and blood thinning. Some people may be allergic, so start with lower quantities.
How to eat them
In liquids, chia seeds have a jelly-like consistency. You can put them in smoothies, juice, milk, yogurt, oatmeal and even soups. Don’t worry: they don’t have their own taste. You can also use them as topping in salads or desserts.
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