Before Netflix and the internet made commercials a thing of the past, you may have stumbled across an ad for funky ceramic animals, advertised to sprout grassy green coats. Even if you don’t know the ad, you’ve probably heard the infamous jingle: “Chi-chi-chi-chia.” In recent years, chia seeds have become more than a gimmick, and have gained notoriety in the health food realm as being something of a superfood. Here are a few reasons why you should be incorporating chia seeds in your morning smoothie, baking them into your muffins, and sprinkling them into your yogurt.
- They’re good for your digestive health.
Chia is chock full of fibre, which is fantastic for your digestive health. One serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre, which is approximately a third of the recommended fibre intake for adults.
- They contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds contain nearly five grams of omega-3 in a one ounce serving. Omega-3 is important for brain health.
- They make you feel full and happy.
Chia seeds contain the same amino acid found in turkey, tryptophan. Tryptophan can help to regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
- It helps to fight stubborn belly fat.
Those aforementioned omega-3 acids play an integral role in metabolizing that pesky belly fat. Additionally, they reduce stress hormone levels that trigger fat storage.
- They are rich in protein.
An ounce serving of chia contains 4.4 grams of protein, approximately ten percent of the daily recommended value for adults.
- They can play a part in lowering blood pressure.
Chia seeds are proven to improve blood pressure and increase healthy cholesterol, meaning they are great for your heart.