Why are Chia seeds great to use during pregnancy?
A great source of Omega- 3
Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and these are essential for a baby’s brain and visual development. Chia seeds are a great alternative to fish for enabling pregnant women to gain enough Omega-3 in to their diet without consuming high levels of mercury and other toxins which could harm a babies development.
High in Antioxidants
Pregnancy is very challenging on the human body. Higher demands are placed on a mother to provide adequate nutrition for their growing baby. As Chia seeds are full of antioxidants such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron they can help mothers achieve a daily supply of these essential minerals with ease. During the final three months of pregnancy it is important to get adequate calcium and iron for proper skeletal development and development of red blood cells that help transport oxygen through the body. During pregnancy there is an increased demand for iron to accommodate the mother’s increased blood volume and for the development of the baby’s blood.
Helps slow down sugar absorption and boosts energy
Diets high in sugary foods can cause an increase in blood sugar levels that can add an unnecessary risk to pregnancy. High blood sugar levels during pregnancy have been linked to complications such as:
High birth weight, Diabetes, chances of C-section deliveries and Preeclampsia
When Chia seeds are consumed they create a gel like substance in the stomach. This slows down digestion and keeps blood sugar levels stable. As Chia slows down the digestion of the carbohydrates into glucose the body is provided with a sustained energy boost.
Chia contains Fibre
Constipation is a common complaint among pregnant women. The hormonal and physical changes that take place in the body during pregnancy can decrease intestinal movement and increase the likelihood of constipation. Fibre can help counteract this problem because fibre passes through the digestive track absorbing water which can ease bowl movements. Chia seeds are a great source of fibre and ChiaUK’s Chia seed contains 5.6g of fibre per 15g serving (1 tablespoon).
How to use Chia in your diet
Chia seeds are extremely versatile and can be used in all types of different foods and beverages.
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