10 Low-Carb Ways to Serve Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are not new, in fact, chia was believed to have been used as a standard crop of the Aztec people primarily because of its high nutritional content. The seed has made a comeback with even more force than in the 1970s and 80s when
it was then mainly used as the little seed that sprouted the coats of “Chia Pets,” a novelty household item.
Chia is native to regions of Mexico, Central America, and South America.
The name, chia, pronounced like cheetah without the “t,” came from the language of the Aztecs.
Chia Seed Nutrition
When you think about it, it is not surprising that seeds would be high in nutrients—after all, the purpose of a seed, any seed, is to be able to get a whole new plant started.
What sets chia seeds apart from other seeds is that they have some properties that are not generally found in other seeds.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
More research studies are being conducted to look at the potential health benefits of chia seeds. One study looked at adding chia seeds to the diets of people with diabetes. A study group eating about 3 tablespoons of chia seeds daily did have better blood sugar control and a few other health benefits. Those in the study that added chia seeds to their diet ate fewer carbohydrates and more healthy fat (they went from 55% to 45% of calories from carbs). There are preliminary results suggesting possible benefits to lowering diabetes and cardiovascular risk.
Unless you are eating chia seeds raw, you will want to let the seeds soften up in liquid or yogurt, before eating it. This can take about 20 minutes with cold foods, and 5 to 10 minutes if boiling water is used in the preparation. The gel that comes from the seed as it softens may get slimy in some preparations, which can be off-putting to some, but for those who love tapioca pearls, it should be a fast favorite.
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