Chia Seeds ★
Chia seeds are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. They contain three omega 3’s for every one omega 6 fatty acid. Omega 3’s are great because they are very good at reducing inflammation throughout the body as well as the brain. Omega 6 fatty acids function in a similar way as Omega 3’s as long as they are in relatively low amounts in the body. Read more about the relationship between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats.
The downside to the Omega 3’s in Chia seeds is that the Omega 3’s are mostly in ALA form. ALA stands for Alpha Linolenic Acid. The kind of Omega 3’s we need are EPA and DHA fatty acids, which stands for Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid. Our bodies are not very good at converting ALA’s into EPA and DHA. However, Chia seeds still have plenty of health benefits.
The oils in the seeds are great for your skin. The seeds have over 5 times the amount of calcium found in milk, 4.5 grams of protein per serving, and 11 grams of fiber per serving. Even the fiber content has been overlooked since 2-3 servings of Chia seeds (approx 2-3 ounces) contains nearly 100% of the fiber you need for the day.
When the seeds mix with water they absorb the water and expand making you feel full. This is why chia seeds make a great weight loss food. They are also low in calories.