Why Chia Seeds Are Good For You
We know chia seeds as the magical superfood packed with fiber and protein. But did you know this mighty seed was used as early as 3500 BC by the Aztecs? Records show that chia seeds were cultivated by the Aztec during pre-Columbian times and that it was their third most important crop, behind corn and beans.
Like us, the Aztec also recognized chia seeds’ many powerful benefits. They were known to travel long distances, carrying chia seeds with them. Makes sense: they’re light to carry, easy to prepare and highly nutritious.
Fast forward to today and this incredible seed is still relevant. From chia seed overnight oats to the Tiktok chia seed drink and chia seed pudding, this versatile ingredient is as popular as ever.
Recipes with Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are one of the main ingredients in our Pinole Chia Oatmeal. Our fans love making baked oatmeal, smoothie with chia seeds, overnight oats, and cookies with our chia seed mix. We decided to add this to our oatmeal mixture because of its connection to ancient Mexican cultures and of course for added nutrition and better texture!
So what exactly makes chia seeds a nutritional powerhouse? We explain and tell you the many benefits of this mighty seed.
Chia Seed Nutrition
Chia Seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. They’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, zinc and calcium. Chia seeds cover all the bases.
Two tablespoons or 1 ounce of these tiny seeds contain about 140 calories, 5 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. Plus as far as plant-based foods go, chia seeds are among the richest in omega-3 fatty acids.
With this strong nutritional profile, it’s only right that chia seeds contain many benefits. They are great for digestive health, weight loss and heart health. Plus, the omega-3s in chia seeds can strengthen your skin, hair, and nails.
Chia Seed Weight Loss Benefits
For those looking to lose weight, a breakfast with chia seeds can help. The 10 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein in one serving can help with weight loss by helping keep you fuller for longer.
How does that exactly happen? Chia seeds contain mostly soluble fiber. When consumed, soluble fiber attracts water and forms a gel-like substance with food. As it passes through, it slows your digestion and helps you feel fuller for a longer period of time, helping keep your appetite at bay and supporting weight loss. The protein in chia seeds also promotes satiety.
Chia Seeds for Digestion
We already outlined one way chia seeds can help regulate your digestion, but there is more! The fiber you find in chia seeds also act as a prebiotic. This compound feeds the “friendly” bacteria in your gut leading to a more healthy gut.
Having a healthy gut means having healthy bacteria and immune cells that fight against bacteria, viruses and fungi, according to Dr. Sooraj Tejaswi at UC Davis. He adds thata healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which helps maintain general health and well-being.
Chia Seeds for Mental and Physical Health
Chia Seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients contain many powerful health benefits for our body and brain.
Studies have shown those who consume omega-3s are less likely to be depressed. Plus, they’re known to reduce risk factors associated with heart disease. In some people, omega-3s can reduce their ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.
In addition to these health benefits, they may also give you better skin. Omega-3s reduce inflammation which means they can indirectly fight acne. Plus, according to the Cleveland clinic, Omega-3s help preserve collagen in your skin and keep it firmer.
Pinole Chia Oatmeal
Adding chia seeds to our superfood breakfast blend was a no brainer. There is no Pinole Chia Oatmeal without chia seeds. Literally. It’s in our name!
We know how much of a powerhouse ingredient chia seeds are -there is no matching this plant-based food when it comes to fiber, protein and other nutrients. This is why we are put a hefty portion in our blend! Try Pinole Chia Oatmeal for yourself – shop here! We're also on Amazon!
USDA Chia Seed Nutrition Facts
UC Davis Health: What is 'gut health' and why is it important?
Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression