Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fats which are very important fats to include in our diets as they serve many functions within the body. For example, when you exercise for a prolonged period of time, these fatty acids are utilized more heavily than carbohydrates which are stored in the muscle or in the blood.
What are the benefits?
- Chia seeds are a great source of ALA: ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) is one of the three omega-3 fats. ALA, unlike the other two omega-3 fats (DHA & EPA) is essential to consume in the diet because the body can not make or synthesize it.You can also get ALA from other sources such as, leafy greens, flaxseed oil, omega-3 eggs, fish oil, etc.
- Chia seeds are high in fibre (1/4 cup = 14g)
- Chia seeds are a great source of protein (1/4cup = 6g protein)
So Chia-UP! They are a great addition to your morning yogurt, smoothies, baked goods, granola, cereal, salads, and much more.