Chia Seeds

Healthy white chia seeds in bowl with wooden spoon.

What do we think at Gluten Free Cookies?  We love chia seeds and use them not only because of their health benefits but the way they add a soft chewiness to our cookies.  We only use raw, 100% organic chia seeds.  And we grind them fresh ourselves!  Many nutritional specialists (me included http://drcelaya.com/) think that chia seeds are one of the world’s most nutritious foods.  Here’s why.

Big Nutrition with Small Calories

1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber:11 gramsDepositphotos_47214809_xs
  • Protein:4 grams
  • Fat:9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s – Yahoo!)
  • Calcium:18% of the RDA
  • Manganese:30% of the RDA
  • Magnesium:30% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus:27% of the RDA
  • They also contain a decent amount ofZinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

Antioxidants, Antioxidants, Antioxidants

The antioxidants in these seeds help protect the Omega 3 fats from turning rancid. In addition, they help fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.

Fiber

About 11g of the 12g of carbohydrates are fiber.  In addition to increasing intestinal health, chia seeds absorb toxins and, best yet, they help nourish the intestinal bacterial flora. When these seeds are exposed to water or liquid, they swell.  This can help you with eating less for losing weight.

Protein

Believe it or not, chia seeds are a good source of protein.  In a 28g sample there is 4g of protein.  This is good for many body functions and helps you sustain long-term energy and to stay full longer.

Fats

One of the most beneficial ingredients in chia is the fat – high in Omega 3 fats that can reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bone health

Up to 18% of the genetic material in chia is made up of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous and is good for bone formation and maintenance.

Exercise performance

Research demonstrates that chia can help maintain your performance in athletic events.