What’s so good about Chia Seed?
The difficulty answering this simple question is not in the provision of the answer, but in making sure that you believe it; Chia Seed is so good for you, that we have to be careful with our answer so that we are not accused of exaggeration.
In our opinion, the only way for you to understand how good Chia is for you, is for us to explain the benefits of some other foods that are referred to generally as being beneficial to health.
Read on and you’ll soon see why:
Blueberries are good for you because of their high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to repair and prevent damage that can be caused by every day normal bodily functions. In simple terms, the antioxidants in blueberries detoxify your body.
Blueberries however, are not a good source of protein, which is essential in the process of building and repairing tissues, as well as making enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Protein is also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
The good news is protein is abundant in lentils and in kidney beans. But even though lentils and kidney beans are high in protein, the protein is not a complete protein, which means the body needs to gain the other elements of the protein from other food sources before it can use the protein in the body.
Although high in protein, lentils and kidney beans are not a good source of omega-3. Salmon is a good source of omega-3, but salmon is not a good source of fibre. Cooked navy beans offer one of the greatest concentrations of fibre, providing 10-12 grams of fibre per 100g of beans, but they are not high in concentrations of amino acids.
You see Chia does contain 19 of the known 23 amino acids and all nine of the essential amino acids.“Chia is packed with protein, and unlike nearly every other plant food known to man, the protein abundant in Chia is a complete protein.”
Chia contains high levels of omega-3. In fact, Chia contains more omega-3 than wild Atlantic salmon, 10 times more! Chia contains 25% more soluble fibre than flaxseed, and so on.
Chia seed and protein
– 10x more omega-3 than wild Atlantic salmon
– 6x more calcium than milk
– 3x more iron than spinach
– 2x more potassium than bananas
– 15x more magnesium than broccoli
– 2x more fibre than bran flakes
– 6x more protein than kidney beans
– 4x more selenium than flaxseed
– 9x more phosphorus than whole milk
– 3x more antioxidants than blueberries
What we are leading to is a very simple answer, but hopefully with an explanation that is sufficiently believable for you to understand that we are not exaggerating.“The answer is that Chia Seed does for you the same as all the other mentioned foods put together, multiplied and then wrapped up in the most consumable and digestible form possible.”
The Chia health benefits are almost unbelievable. But if you consumed a portion of all the foods listed above on a daily basis, the health benefits would be unbelievable too. In reality, it is much more practical, and certainly affordable, to simply add Chia to your diet.Return to top of page