Why you should be adding Chia seeds to your diet!

Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala, and history suggests it was a very important food crop for the Aztecs. It’s remained in regular use in its native countries, but was largely unknown in North America until researcher Wayne Coates began studying chia as an alternative crop for farmers in northern Argentina about 29 years ago.

The little seed — which comes in either white or a dark brown and black colour — also has a huge nutritional profile. It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or milled, while flax seeds have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits for example.

So once you’ve got your seeds, how to you add them to your diet? The seeds are tasteless so they won’t affect the flavour profile of your food, which makes them easy to integrate into your meals. They can be sprinkled whole on top of salads or toast or added milled to smoothies, they make a great addition to your breakfast oatmeal.

Chia seeds include:

3 times more iron than spinach
3-5 times more calcium than milk
8 times more omega 3’s than salmon
15 times more magnesium than broccoli
3 times more antioxidants than blueberries

Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.

Chia seeds also make a great source of protein and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein.

With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.

So start enjoying these little nutritional powerhouses…

Coach Adam