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5 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

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Chia Seeds
Ch-ch-chia Pets were all the rage in the 80's but Chia seeds, being high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and other nutrients, have made a comeback as the newest superfood.  
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family and is native to parts of Mexico and Guatemala.  The word Chia comes from the Mayan word for "strength" and history suggests that Aztecs and Mayans started using the seeds as far back as 3500 BC.  Being a key element in their diets, Aztecs and Mayans ground them into flour, pressed them for oil or drank them by mixing them with water.  The Mayans knew these seeds were packed with nutrients and listed below are some of their benefits.
1) Packed with Omega-3s 
Chia seeds have almost 5 grams of Omega-3s in a single serving (about 2 tablespoons). Salmon, in comparison, only has around 3 grams per 4 - 6 ounce fillet. [2]  Omega-3s play an important role in reducing inflammation in our bodies.[4]
2) High in Fiber 
A serving has 11 grams of fiber which is about a third of the daily recommended intake for adults.  In comparison, a cup of bran flakes has about 5 grams of fiber. 
3) Protein for Vegetarians
There are about 4 grams of protein per serving which is about 10% daily intake value.[1]  This is a great way for vegetarians to get protein without worrying about cholesterol. 
4) Can be Digested Whole
Unlike flaxseed, which has a lot of similar benefits, Chia seeds can be eaten whole and do not need to be ground to reap their benefits.
5) Keeps You Fuller Longer
When soaked in liquids, the seeds develop a gelatinous layer that encapsulates itself and can absorb up to 12 times its own weight.[3] Combined with the fiber and protein value, Chia seeds help you stay fuller longer. 
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  3. "Chia: Ancient Super-Seed Secret." Doctor Oz. 5/03/2014 <Web >
  4. "Omega 3 Fatty Acids Fact Sheet." WebMD. 5/03/2014 <Web >

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