Ch-ch-ch-chia!

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October 9, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

You may have heard some buzz lately about chia seeds. They are something new people are adding to almost everything it seems to boost it’s nutritional value. So what are they?

These seeds found in a desert plant happen to be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Because of their high amounts of fiber they help to make you feel full faster. Adding these little seeds add a big bulk to your meal but this is a reason to be careful. Having too much fiber may cause digestion discomfort so try to keep it to about 1oz of chia seeds a day. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be an excellent nutrient when it comes to enhancing brain health and lowering triglycerides. On top of that they also have some protein, iron, calcium and zinc. Health benefits of chia seeds is a relatively new topic and therefore little research has been done. However, the research that has been done have found improvement in cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol. 

How do you use these nutrient-packed seeds? Easy. They can be consumed in their raw, natural state so all you have to do is sprinkle them on your food! Try putting them on veggies, rice, cereal or anything you may not mind. They don’t add much taste but they do add texture. If you decide you aren’t a big fan of the texture they provide, try soaking them in water first before mixing them into food. 

 

source: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442472548

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Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

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