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Chia Seeds have been around since 1500 B.C., and only recently, have they started to regain popularity. And rightly so. 'New' health foods seem to pop up every few months claiming all sort of health benefits. During these times where health is exploding exponentially from year to year, chia is one health food that is well deserving of the spot light. Read on to discover why chia seeds can be an easy addition to your diet.
5 Reasons why you want to eat Chia Seeds:
1. Omega 3's
Chia seeds have an incredible amount of essential fatty acids, especially considering their size. With a 1 oz serving, you get an outstanding 5000mg of omega 3's!
Chia seeds also have a high fiber content of 11 grams per 1 oz serving. Great for feeling fuller longer and slowing the release of sugar into the blood stream, thus keeping your energy levels stable.
Chia seeds provide 5 grams of protein per 2 tbsp. A simple way to add protein to your morning oatmeal or shake.
Chia seeds also provide a bounty of vitamins and minerals, and as such, provides the body with a solid dose of antioxidants to help combat the high oxidative stress your body is constantly battling.
5. Weight Loss
Among the many benefits are weight loss. One reason is the low glycemic load of chia - meaning that it does not spike blood glucose and thus no insulin spike occurs, which would otherwise drive glucose into your cells at a faster rate, resulting in an increased conversion to triglycerides - which is then stored in adipocytes (fat cells).
Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor Krista Moyer
Quinoa is an amazing food! I once thought it was a grain, but have found out more recently that it is actually a seed. It is more nutritious than a lot of foods out there - especially amongst it's sisterly grains. It is simple and quick to cook.
One fact that many people do not know about quinoa is that it is actually a complete protein. Great for vegetarians, or anyone choosing to eat less animal products. Only 1 cup of quinoa has 9 grams of protein - slightly more than 1 medium sized egg.
Try adding quinoa to your diet - it's great in salads, soups, as a side dish, or even as the main dish mixed with veggies and spices.
Here is an article explaining some of the known benefits of Quinoa.
Vancouver Naturopath: Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor Krista Moyer
Dr. Moyer Naturopath Vancouver