Chia seeds are tiny beige or black seeds that look like sesame seeds. They come from two herbaceous plants native to Mexico, Salvia miltiorrhiza and Salvia columbariae. Chia seeds contain 490 Calories per 100 g. They are essentially represented by lipids (or fats). But the quantity consumed is of the order of a teaspoon, which is therefore negligible in terms of calories! Chia seeds are easy to incorporate into your daily diet. You can mix them and introduce them into salads, dairy products, breakfast cereals and smoothies. The grind should be consumed quickly because the omega-3s that compose them are very sensitive to oxidation. A consumption of 20 to 25 g per day is a good average. What are their health benefits?
“There is everything in chia seeds: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, including Omega 3. They also contain a large amount of fiber” informs Dr Thierry Hanh, nutritionist. Thanks to their fiber and essential fatty acid content, their consumption is beneficial for reducing cardiovascular accidents, regulating blood pressure… But that’s not all! These small seeds would allow better regulation of blood sugar in diabetics. These small seeds are extremely rich in omega-3 but also in omega-6. Their good fiber content helps fight constipation effectively. It is also a source of protein, calcium, potassium, folic acid and antioxidants. It would be a shame to deprive you of it!