Chia seeds are a superfood, but if you’re anything like me, “chia” first conjures up images of green and fuzzy cats, dogs, turtles, rams and other animals. Chia Pets are (were?) a fun, nostalgic indulgence for sure (see the video at the bottom of this post), but the seeds they’re grown from have some serious health benefits, too.

The use of chia seeds dates back to the days of the Aztec empire in Mexico. These seeds are grown in parts of South and Central America and used for the important health benefits they provide.

How to Eat Chia Seeds

You can eat chia seeds by themselves – they have a light, nutty flavor that mixes well with most vegetables, as well as yogurt and sauces – but that’s certainly not your only option. Chia seeds are in a variety of food products as well, including fruit bars, cereals, flours, and drink mixes. We carry many of these, and they’re delicious.

Positive Side Effects of Eating Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are full of fiber and healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds also expand in water, which means they’re good for keeping you fuller, longer, and assisting with weight loss for the many people who struggle with appetite control. These bars are made with Chia Seeds, for example, and they’ll keep you full for about two or three hours after eating them. And they’re only about 59 grams each, which is a pretty incredible feat. The bars pack a really good punch, in part because of those little magical chia seeds.

Gluten Free, Vegan Superfood Bar with Chia Seeds and High Protein. Sugar Free, Dairy Free, and Nut Free

Chia Seeds Have a High Nutritional Value

Organic Chia seeds also help lower your cholesterol levels and help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is crucial if you’re diabetic or at risk of developing diabetes. Omega-3 fatty acids provide you with a whole bunch of important benefits. They keep your brain functioning at its best and protect you from heart disease and arthritis. They’re also great at reducing inflammation. These seeds also contain calcium – which keeps your bones strong – and protein that your body uses to repair tissue and build muscles, bones, skin and cartilage. When you eat about two tablespoons of chia, you’re roughly getting the following:

4 grams of protein
9 grams of fat (remember though, that’s healthy fat!)
12 grams of carbs
11 grams of fiber

And the fiber content helps keep your bowel movements regular and healthy.

So the next time you giggle at the sight of those fuzzy ‘dos in a clay pot, remember that those little seeds are great for your heart, brain and overall health, too.

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