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Chia Seeds - 200 gms

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Chia Seeds are called superfood, as it can provide energy, proteins, minerals, fiber, Omega3 minerals with less calories. Chia can supply lot of nutrients in large RDA with very less consumption of Chia Seeds.

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"Chia" is the ancient Mayan word for "strength." Mayan Civilization used to eat chia seeds as dietary staple. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans. 

Warriors used to have Chia seeds with them during war times. They used to eat a small feast full of chia seeds to energize themselves. It would not let them feel starved / hungry, and have less cravings for food, still maintaining the energy level perfectly. That is why chia seeds are called "Warrior Food." 

In just a single ounce, which supplies only 137calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate. 1 ounce equals 28 grams, or about 2 tablespoons. 

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Dietary Fiber: 11 grams. ( 37% by weight)
  • Protein: 4.4 grams. ( 20% protein by weight)
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 177 mg - 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 0.6 mg -30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 93 mg - 23% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 265 mg - 27% of the RDA.
  • Chia also contains a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
  • Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants.

Health Benefits of Chia seeds :

1. Rich in Omega 3: Chia seeds has no cholesterol or sodium, and only trace amounts of trans fats. Most of the fats it contains are poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), and its dominating PUFA is alpha-linolenic acid. Alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that has been shown to exert numerous positive health effects. omega 3 fatty acids are very good for overall good health. A deficiency of such fatty acids may lead to poor memory, depression, fatigue, poor circulation, or dry skin. People who don't eat fish (such as people following a vegan diet) have an increased risk of being deficient in omega-3s, and therefore benefit greatly from adding chia seed oil to their diet. Omega-3 fatty acids Protects against cardiovascular diseases. Omega-3s prevents blood clots and to reduce inflammation in the artery walls. 

2. Digestive Health : Chia seed is rich in fiber, providing about 11 grams per ounce( 28 gms). Fiber is required  to balance insulin levels. Seeds like flax and chia can be a natural blood sugar balancer due to their high fiber content and healthy fats. High in dietary fiber, chia seeds benefits bowel regularity and healthy stool. Good fiber content in chia seeds helps people feel more full quicker because it absorbs a considerable amount of water and immediately expands in the stomach when eaten. That is why people who want to loose weight can start having this regularly.

3. Diabetes: Chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid and fiber, researchers from the University of Litoral in Argentina set out to determine how chia seeds can help prevent metabolic disorders like dyslipidemia (excessive fat in the blood) and insulin resistance, which are two factors in the development of diabetes. Lot of fiber per gram in chia heal a lot in regulating insulin and thus diabetes.

4. Weight Loss: Chia seed is rich in protein and fiber, both of these are great aid for weight loss. The fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food.

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