8 reasons why chia seeds are the new superfood!

hia seeds are either brown or black coloured whole seeds that have gained much popularity recently. These mighty seeds are not only power-packed with a brilliant nutritional profile but are also a must-have for reducing your waistline. Chia seeds are generally soaked in water and consumed after they swell up. They are tasteless by itself and can can be added to almost anything without altering the taste of the dish. In Hindi, these seeds are called sabja or even falooda (once they swell up). 
Benefits of chia seeds or sabja
Chia seeds have a balanced proportion of carbohydrates, protein and fats which makes them an excellent source of energy-boosting food. 

These seeds do not require any processing to be consumed. Unlike other seeds, chia seeds are absorbed by the body in the whole form and they can be eaten without any further preparation.
Chia seeds are a great source of dietary fibre. They provide 34g of dietary fibre per 100g and have a high soluble fibre content. This provides satiety and slows down the process of digestion which may prove to be beificial for diabetics.

They have omega-3 fatty acids which makes them heart healthy. They are a vegetarian powerhouse of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that helps fight inflammation and ward off cardiovascular disease, arthritis and ageing. They are also a great protein source for vegetarians. 
These seeds when soaked in water, take up water to expand and form a gel-like substance. This gel on consumption can keep you hydrated for a long time. This swelling capacity helps the detoxification and cleansing of toxins from your body.

Chia seeds being low in calories and supplier of soluble fibre, healthy fatty acids and high protein makes for a must-eat food for people on a weight loss regime.

They are also a great source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C,iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
These seeds keep your skin glowing radiantly and promote healthy hair and nail growth.

How to use chia seeds
Chia seeds can be added to almost everything from your breakfast menu to your dessert. Kickstart your day by adding chia seeds to your oatmeal or add chia seeds to your juices or smoothies. They can be a great addition to your puddings and muffins giving it a texture twist as well as making it nutritious. Sprinkle it on top of your salads, yoghurt or sandwiches to add that extra crunch.

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