Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Their health benefits include:
- the enhancement of gut health and the control of weight and cravings through the high fiber and protein content
- the reduction of heart diseases thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids
- the prevention of osteoporosis through their calcium content.
Chia seeds are also high in antioxidants that fight the production of free radicals, which can damage cell molecules and contribute to aging and diseases, including cancer.
Moreover, they contain all nine essential amino acids, which are protein building blocks our bodies need but don’t produce naturally and we have to get them through the food.
Due to their neutral taste, chia seeds can be added to any type of food and can also be used to substitute eggs in vegan recipes.