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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

I recently fell in love with Chia Seeds. Do you want to know why?

Just 1 ounce of Chia Seeds contains 30% of the daily value of Manganese. Manganese is is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Manganese also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

That same ounce of Chia seeds has 265 mg of Phosphorus and 177 mg of Calcium!

Phosphorus is a nonmetallic chemical element essential to metabolize protein, calcium, and glucose. It is needed for bone and tooth formation (85% of phosphorus is found in the skeletal system), cell growth, heart muscle contraction, and kidney function. Plus phosphorus helps the body to utilize vitamins, assists other body functions to convert food into energy, and maintains the blood's pH.

1 ounce of Chia Seeds also have 10.6 g of dietary fiber and 4 g of protein.

Did you know that 1 ounce of Chia Seeds also contain 4915 mg of Omega-3's? Chia Seeds contain more Omega-3's than Salmon!!! Omega-3 essential fatty acids are important for healthy nervous systems, cholesterol levels, brain function and can reduce inflammation.

ALL OF THAT (and more) in just one little ounce (a little less than 3 TBLS)

Chia Seeds also keep you hydrated and help you feel full longer because they absorb 10 times their weight in water. When they get wet they form something like a gel. And you can actually substitute Chia gel for 1/3 of the fat (butter, oil..etc) in your recipes.

Chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, and studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.

They are also easier to digest than flax seeds and don't need to be ground up.

*Dear Beloved Readers of The Vegetarian Tree,

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