Powerpack chia seeds

Whether consumed in cereals, fruit juice or salad, chia seeds are a favorite among health-conscious foodies. The small grains have it all, and are full of healthy ingredients.

White and black chia seeds in wooden spoons

What makes chia seeds so healthy?

Chia seeds are slightly larger than sesame seeds and look relatively unspectacular. However, they impress with the diversity of their ingredients and their high nutrient density.

Chia seeds contain up to 38 percent chia oil, 18-23 percent high-quality protein, and vitamins A, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin. The small power grains contain three times as much iron as spinach, five times as much calcium as milk, twice the amount of potassium as bananas, and three times as many antioxidants as blueberries. In addition, they provide valuable plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and their protein content is similar to that of fresh beef, about 22 grams (.77 ounces) of protein per 100 grams (1/2 cup) of grains. The seeds also contains the trace elements zinc, copper and boron, as well as magnesium and lots of fiber. Chia seeds contain little sodium. Black and white seeds do not differ in nutrient content. Chia belongs to the genus of sage and was originally cultivated in Mexico. Hence the name: Mexican chia.

How do chia seeds work?

Chia seeds are said to strengthen the immune system and even exercise a regulatory effect on the hormone balance. Their high content of omega-3 fatty acids counteracts inflammations in the body and helps to reduce harmful cholesterol. The high fiber content keeps the blood sugar level constant and avoids peaks. They slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates and thus provide long-lasting energy, which also prevents food cravings.

Chia seeds can absorb seven to 12 times their weight in water by forming a gelatinous shell around them. In this way, soaked seeds can provide the body with fluid and nutrients for a long time. This aspect makes them particularly interesting to endurance athletes.

And how do chia seeds taste?

Chia seeds are almost without flavor. So they can be added to any food or drink. In gel form they go well with fruits, nuts, honey and a little cinnamon. For this purpose, soak the seeds in water, coconut or almond milk. As seeds alone, they can be sprinkled over cereal, yogurt or salads.

How to find chia seeds?

Chia seeds are widely available in supermarkets, health food stores and online. Try them out and tell me what you think.

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