The other superfood which has exploded onto the scene, they may be small, but they sure do pack a punch, chia seeds are nutritiously packed with vitamins and minerals whilst containing very few calories.
They are high in fibre, protein, healthy fats (omega-3), Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus and decent levels of Zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.
Almost all the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fibre, a 28g serving contains 12g of carbs which would normally be quite high, however 11g are fibre which your body doesn’t digest leaving just one digestible gram of carbohydrates per 28g serving.
The role of fibre has only become more important over the past few years, with the increase in the amount of protein in people’s diets, fibre can be a benefit to those who have constipation or irregular bowel movements, chia seeds are 40% fibre by weight, making them one of the best sources of fibre in the world!
Chia seeds are also known for expanding once coming into contact with a liquid, they can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water which gives a feeling of fullness which prevents snacking and binge eating.
Next time you’re making your morning shake or yoghurt, add some chia seeds and watch how satisfied you’ll feel all morning!