The ancient Aztec and Mayans used Chia seeds as a main portion of their diets. They are a concentrated source of protein and very rich in fiber and look very much like black pepper granules. Chia seeds help keep the body feeling full and energized for hours. So, how do you use them? You can sprinkle them into salads, cereal, oatmeal, soups, puddings, etc. They are tasteless, or mild and nutty, but when added to a liquid, Chia seeds expand somewhat into a gel. I personally have started adding them to all types of foods.
Here are some of the benefits:
- May stimulate weight loss, mainly because they are high in fiber and make the stomach expand and feel fuller. The high protein content also helps control appetites.
- Promotes healthy digestion. Eleven of the 12 grams of carbs are fiber and fiber does not raise blood sugar or require insulin.
- Help manage blood sugar levels. A high sugar diet or even simple carbs can raise block sugar levels.
- And lots more!
- As always, we suggest you talk to your doctor about the advantages of Chia Seeds.
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