Sometimes it’s the little things that can pack a wallop of a punch. And if we’re talking about nutrition, no food holds truer to that adage than the chia seed.
You’ve probably come across the chia seed, as they’ve become a bit of a ‘fad food’ these days, sprinkled everywhere from yogurts to smoothies. This is mostly because they’re seen as a diet food with the working theory being that the seeds expand in your stomach and make you feel fuller and eat less. And while the science is still out on that, there are still a whole load of reasons why scientists and doctors and other people “in the know” think you should be chomping down on these tiny foods.
For starters, they pack a lot of nutrition. And when we say a lot of nutrition, we mean a lot. The good people down at WebMD say that an ounce of chia seeds — that’s 2 tablespoons — give you 10 grams of fiber, 9 grams of fat, 5 of protein, and a lot of your daily calcium, magnesium, and iron. Which is an insane amount of nutrition for 138 calories of food.
But the benefits don’t just stop there.
Chia seeds also come with those nice omega-3 fatty acids, which if you read my last little post on seafood, you already know are pretty important for staving off diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers. You’ll get around 5 grams of omega-3’s from an ounce of the seeds, and you don’t even have to bother cooking them.
Oh, they’re also pretty good when it comes to beating osteoperosis — at least according to a handful of studies. This is mostly due to that little nutrient we just talked about called calcium. Chia seeds are basically calcium factories, serving up a whopping 17 percent of your daily calcium needs in just one ounce. Yep. 17 percent.
Really, you could call chia seeds one of the healthiest foods on the planet. And if you care about your brain, bones, and just health in general, they’re just about one of the easiest little edibles you can add to your diet. Which makes us say — why not?