There are many health benefits of Chia seeds.
They are so versatile, but before we start, here’s an important warning for you (and we are talking from experience here).
Make sure your bags of seeds are sealed before you pick them up and move them.
One accidental drop or spill and you could/will be finding chia seeds potentially everywhere for months (even years) in your home, car, workplace and all surrounding areas.
They get under and in everything, they take an eternity to clean up, so be very wary and diligent when moving your stash.
Now that’s out of the way we can get into the nitty gritty of chia seeds, some facts for you, history and also how chia seeds may help you if you can add them somehow into your daily nutrition plan.
They are small oval shaped seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant and they are part of the mint family of plants.
The use of chia seeds as a food can be traced back to during/before the Aztec / Mayan cultures (chia was the Mayan word for strength) and has been used as food, drinks, oil, flour, offerings, currency, medicines and more.
It was also used by warriors and runners in ancient times to give them endurance and also energy over long periods of time.
One of the major differences for these, compared to other similar foods throughout history, is its stability, this meant they would last potentially for years, could be stored and used when needed for many different purposes.
This coupled with its nutritional values and potential health benefits made chia a staple crop for many.
Chia almost disappeared during the Spanish takeover of the Aztec empire as they banned the ancient seed, replacing it with rice, barley and wheat.
Luckily for us though, chia was still grown in the mountains, made its way back into agriculture again.
Now it’s cultivated in many different countries and is being used in so many supplements, chia drinks, health related products and so much more including some of our Super Cubes products too (this is why we are letting you know about chia).
Are chia seeds good for you?
Many of the ingredients we use in our Super Cubes have everything you could want in their ingredient profiles and they certainly joins this elite group of super foods.
There seems to be a definite trend to use super foods throughout our range.
It makes sense right?
Using the best ingredients, to get the best possible outcomes for you and on top of that making Super Cubes easy to prepare too = winning!
Chia is packed with nutritious goodness that cover a broad area and all while having a low calorie content (as you’ll read below).
Here are some quick facts, features and benefits for you.
- Nutrient dense
- Low calories
- Vitamins and minerals
- High in antioxidants
- Plenty of fibre
- Helps with digestive health
- Good levels of protein
- Helps with cholesterol
- May help energy, endurance and metabolism
- Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6
- Good levels of essential fatty acids
- High in calcium
- Helps with reduction of blood sugar levels
- Natural anti-inflammatory properties
- Easy to add to your meals
These little black super food seeds fight well above their weight in the nutrient department and chia seeds are very popular currently because of this fact.
As you will read below, chia has good levels of protein, fibre, fats (with a high level of omega-3s and more), calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, as well as worthy levels of potassium and A, B, C, D and E vitamins.
All of this while still maintaining a very low calorie count.
Chia seeds are also a great source of antioxidants, are a whole grain food and are naturally gluten free.
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What’s a whole grain food?
A whole grain food means the complete three parts (bran, germ and endosperm) of a grain are left intact when the food is harvested and readied for use.
The difference between a whole grain food and a refined grain food is the refined grain only has one part left after processing and so, isn’t as complete and nutritious as the whole grain food.
See, these little known facts about chia seeds definitely give them a slight advantage over others.
High in antioxidants
Antioxidants are naturally present in many foods and they can help prevent cell damage or oxidation of the cells in your body.
This oxidation can be combatted only partly by your own body, so it needs help and that’s where good nutrition and eating foods that have a high antioxidant level may help you over time.
Helps with digestive health
Chia seeds have high levels of fibre (as you will read below) giving you around 34 grams or more per 100 grams.
This high level of fibre helps to keep you regular and also has a few other benefits that are worth mentioning.
The fibre present in chia seeds is highly soluble and may absorb up to 10 times its weight in water either in preparation or in your stomach.
This expansion can give you the feeling of fullness (which is great if you are dieting too).
When they take on liquid, they swell and a gel forms around them, this is the soluble fibre which may help you in a few ways.
When swollen, chia seeds may help with bulking out your number two’s as well as helping improve your gut health as they can also work as a prebiotic.
Chia seeds nutrition for you
Below is the nutrient make up:
It has the levels for 100 grams of chia, but we’d say that you’d be hard pushed to eat 100 grams of chia seeds in one meal.
Usually, many people add a tablespoon or two of chia to their frozen smoothies, frozen smoothie bowls or their healthy breakfasts, but there are plenty of other ways you can eat chia seeds or add them to your meals.
Two tablespoons of chia weigh around 28 grams, so if you want to work out the amount of nutrients in a tablespoon of chia seeds, just divide the below by six (just a rough estimate) to make it easier for yourself.
Here are the nutrient levels in chia seeds for you.
Vitamin C 1.6mg
Vitamin E 0.5mg
Why use chia in our frozen smoothies?
As you have read, they are good for you and have high nutrient values, while maintaining low calories.
These features and more make it an easy choice for us when considering adding in chia seeds to some of our formulas.
Where can you find chia seeds?
They are available in many places including supermarkets, health food stores and natural food markets (to name a few), you can also get your daily chia fix from our Super Cubes berry digest smoothie.
It’s simple as plugging in your blender, walking to the freezer, popping a few cubes, adding your liquid, blend and enjoy.
You can even throw in a few more chia seeds on top for good measure if you want to.
Super Cubes frozen smoothies and chia seeds make for a perfect combination for you, anytime of the day!