In this modern era, Chia seeds served as one of the best foods are very rich in omega-3 fatty acid, Alpha Linolenic Acid, protein (ALA), and fiber is good for your diet.
Chia seed is derived from a plant with the Latin name Salvia hispanica. The plant is a species of mint, Lamiacea family originating from Central and South Mexico and Guatemala. The name ‘ Chia ‘ itself means oily or greasy.
The consumption recorded in the Codex Mendoza was first made by the Aztecs. The journal made the year 3500 b.c. Chia seed was planted and explaining and became one of the most important crops other than corn. Evidence of the Chia seed is one essential foodstuffs were also noted in the Florentine Codex, made between the years 1540-1585.
Generally oval-shaped and Chia seeds with a diameter of 1 mm and multi color (Brown, black, gray, and white). One of the uniqueness of this grain is its hydrophilic or absorb liquids 12 is greater than the total weight. So when some old water soaked, their texture will turn out to be like a gel
Reported by the BBC (22/05/2014) Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico and the southwestern United States. Not only in Mexico currently Chia went on sale in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Australia. According to Mintel, the Research Institute report in 2011 there are 72 products sold over the counter and Chia 28 food products made from Chia seeds are removed by 2012.
Its popularity supported by his nutritional content. According to the Nutritional Science Research Institute (22/05/2014), 100 grams of Chia seeds containing 20.7 grams of protein, 32.8 grams fat, 41, 2 grams of fiber, 714 mg calcium, 16.4 mg iron, 613 mg Niacin (B3), and 0.18 mg Thiamine (B1).
Consumption is also good for dieters because fiber in it makes the abdomen more satiety and avoid eating excess. Not only that, some studies also prove Chia seed can lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes.
Chia Seeds are easily digested and has the ability to absorb high water. You don’t have to grind Chia Seeds or use in powder form. You are just simply soaking Chia Seeds in boiling water (not hot) for about 15 minutes that will produce a gel like substance. You can mix it with milk or fruit juice if you want to change the flavor. You can consume the Chia Seeds with many foods such as cereals, yoghurt, salads, muffins, pancakes, soups, peanut butter, jelly sandwich, oatmeal.
Even though it seems without sense, this material is very useful in the kitchen. In addition to adding nutrients, the Chia seed gives a rough texture to the dough the bread or cookies. Also delicious when consumed with butter or blended into a smoothie. Often expands as Basil when mixed into water or coconut water.
A yoga teacher based in Sydney, Nick Arthur, in his book, Cooking with Chia, Chia said that the seed is also suitable for replacing eggs in cake batter. When the 1 tbsp of Chia seed mixed with 250 ml of water, then the consistency is like a good egg consistency as a binder.
The Benefits Of Chia Seeds:
Sources of omega 3 fatty acids
Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Almost 5 grams of omega 3 contained in every single ounce of Chia seed. Omega 3 is essential for brain development, lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL) so as to improve the health of the heart, keeping blood pressure, prevent inflammation, as well as coping with allergies and depression. “Conversion of omega 3 Chia seeds in food better than the flax seed,” said Dr. Wayne Coates.
one ounce of Chia seed (28 grams) equals 11 grams of dietary fiber or almost half of the recommended daily intake of fiber for adults. Adding Chia seeds in your diet is an easy way to ensure your body is getting a good fiber intake for health especially the digestion of the body.
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, anti aging and cancer.
Manganese is a mineral that is not very well known, but it is really important for the body. Manganese is very good for helping the body use other essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B1, biotin, and choline. One ounce of Chia seeds contains 0.6 mg manganese or sufficient 30% recommended daily intake of manganese.
Mineral resources of phosphorus
One ounce of Chia seeds also contain 265 mg or about 27% of the recommended daily intake of phosphorus. Phosphorus is needed by the body for the formation of bones and teeth, body metabolism, protein synthesis, and repair damaged cells.
Tryptophan is one of nine types of essential amino acids are known as essential nutrients must be supplied in your diet. Tryptophan in the Chia seed handy help of appetite, sleep, mood and also within you.
The combination of protein and fiber in Chia seed contributed to giving effect to the glut.
Blood sugar balance
Chia plays an important role in regulating insulin levels. They can reduce insulin resistance and lower abnormal levels of insulin in the blood.
The fight against diabetes
Chia seed can also stabilize blood sugar and body against insulin resistance associated with diabetes. Chia seed is commonly used as a potential natural treatment to fight type 2 diabetes because they are able to slow down the digestion in the body. Coating on the Chia seed if exposed to fluids can also prevent spikes in blood sugar levels in the body.
Strengthens teeth and bones
One serving of Chia seed has suggested that calcium intake can maintain oral health, bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
Sufficient protein content
Chia seed is also a source of protein for vegetarians is good and bad cholesterol free. One ounce of Chia seeds contains 4.4 grams of protein or fulfilled almost 10% of your daily protein intake.
To improve heart health
Academic medical center, according to the Cleveland Clinic, United States, Chia seeds have been shown to maintain blood pressure and increase good cholesterol (HDL) so was able to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. Benefits are good for your heart.