Chia is a member of the Mint family and its seeds have gained huge popularity due to their impressive array of nutrients and potential health benefits.
- – They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
- – Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the ‘good’ cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.
- – If you eat them in moderation, chia seeds can significantly lower blood sugar levels due to the high amount of fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar in the blood and can decrease blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds are often used as a thickening agent and can even be used as a vegan substitute for eggs in pancakes, muffins and breads. To replace one egg, whisk together 1 tablespoon (7 grams) of ground chia with 3 tablespoons (45 grams) of water until fully absorbed and thickened.