Chia Seeds has hit the supermarket and health food stores big time, everyone talk about Health benefit of chia seeds.
WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS- These tiny little black seeds are loaded with fibre,PUFA( polyunsaturated fatty acids ( omega-3),protein( essential amino acids),and other minerals.
WEIGHT LOSS- When it comes to weight loss there has been many studies done which has has shown chia seeds itself doesn’t aid in any weight loss, then why is chia seeds overrated when it comes to weight loss ??? Only practical reasons i was able to relate are following-
- When we start with any weight loss diet ,we start with controlling overall total daily calories. Do exercise in some form and start including superfoods like chia seeds,flax seeds. And when we see results after few months ,we give credits to superfoods which is not true completely.
- Second when we take chia seeds with a glass of water they keeps us full ,this helps to avoid overeating, which directly link to consuming less calories and people may link it to weight loss.
1)chia are high in soluble fibre,soluble fiber is the type that absorbs liquid and forms a gel—and this can help slow the absorption of sugar keeping glucose level in control and its soluble fiber helps in absorbing cholesterol from foods.
2) Chia seeds are rich source of omega 3( ALA) which means they may help in improving lipid profile. But humans are not good in absorbing ALA easily, the omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds (ALA) are not nearly as potent as those found in fish or fish oil (EPA and DHA) so its still controversial.
BE SMART- I prefer chia seeds in my daily diet because Chia seeds along with flaxseeds are among the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, very rich in fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and protein. which have numerous benefits for health. But when it comes to weight loss don’t consider it as a miracle food in losing weight.
SOURCE- ACE fitness nutrition manual.