If you’ve gotten on the superfood train, then you’ve probably heard of the powerful, formidable chia seeds. They’re packed with hefty amounts of protein, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber. In fact, an ounce of these tiny warriors already provides 42 percent of your daily fiber needs.
Suffice to say, there are lots of benefits to consuming chia seeds. They improve digestive health, boosts your metabolism, and even support weight loss. Studies also suggest that they may even help manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels, prevent heart disease, and promote cellular turnover. Seriously—what’s not to love?
All the same, there is actually a wrong way to eat chia seeds. So whether you’ve got ‘em in your pantry or have yet to buy a pack yourself, it’s still important to know how exactly you should be consuming your chia!
THE WRONG WAY TO EAT CHIA SEEDS
According to a study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, a 39-year-old man was rushed to the emergency room after eating a tablespoon of dry chia seeds and then downing a glass of water.
The man experienced intense dysphagia (A.K.A., difficulty swallowing). After running a few tests, the doctors found a mass of congealed chia seeds lodged in the man’s throat.
It’s no mystery why this happened—when coming into contact with water, chia seeds quickly form a gelatinous coating (the very substance that allows it to move swiftly through the digestive tract). This explains the mass of seeds stuck in the patient’s esophagus.
Granted, this case study doesn’t mean you should be missing out on the punch of nutrients packed in this superfood. You just have to eat them the right way—here’s exactly how!
THE RIGHT WAY TO EAT CHIA SEEDS
Some experts suggest soaking your chia seeds in water before eating them. Others say consuming ground chia seeds, rather than whole seeds, allows more ALA omega-3 fatty acids to enter the bloodstream.
The evidence is inconclusive as to which method is truly best when it comes to nutrient absorption. But when chia seeds are included in a recipe, our bodies can digest them whole, soaked, or grounded in order to reap their health benefits.
We’ve listed down 4 ways you can integrate chia seeds in your diet. The following recipes are perfect to try with Nutrifam Organic Chia Seeds, which are highly versatile and add a boost of nutrition to any homemade snack or dessert. Scroll on!
CHIA 4 WAYS
1. Chia Water
Adding a tablespoon of chia into your water 5 minutes before drinking it is a safe and simple way to get your protein and fiber fix. You can even drop a slice of lemon or cucumber into your glass, for that added citrus kick!
2. Chia Pudding
This is probably the most popular way to eat chia seeds. In a mason jar, combine a small serving of chia seeds with soy or nut milk. Leave overnight, and enjoy it as your breakfast the next day!
You can try different add-ons to make your pudding more delicious, like matcha powder or cacao nibs.
3. Chia Bowls
Get a total upgrade on your smoothie bowls, by mixing chia seeds into them! They’ll add texture and provide a thicker consistency. You can also dust in some almonds, granola, and whole fruit!
4. Chia Muffins
For an extra nutritional boost, add some chia seeds into your into your baked goods! They’ll absorb the liquid in the batter, so you’ll hardly notice them.
For vegetarians and vegans, chia seeds help bind your products together and add structure to your pastries. In other words, they’re a great replacement for eggs!
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