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Chia Seeds for Heart Health

by Kimberly Hays December 21st, 2018 | Heart Health
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Most are familiar with the Chia Pet that was introduced in September, 1977, and is still popular. In shapes of animals, heads, and other shapes, you spread chia seeds on the container, water, and the seeds will grow into a grass type substance that is used as the hair of the figure. After giving these as gifts for 35 years, it turns out we should have been eating the chia seeds instead of just growing them for hair on clay characters.

Chia seeds are very heart healthy. They contain Omega3, which make up 30%, along with 40% being Omega6 oil. This is a powerful combination that will reduce the risk of heart disease giving our bodies these important fatty acids that we cannot make in our bodies. These acids lower cholesterol, as well as help clean our arteries which will reduce blockages. Doctors recommend that we get the acids from fish twice a week, and from plant-based foods daily.

Chia seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet. Because they are a soft seed and virtually have no flavor, they can be added to any dish, including salad, dressings, casseroles, oatmeal, desserts, and smoothies. One ounce of chia will give you 60% of the suggested daily amount of Omega acids.

Chia seeds may also help maintain weight, because they slow down how fast our food is converted into calories, and we feel fuller longer. These seeds expand ten times their weight when added to liquids, or if we simply eat a spoonful, it will expand giving a fuller feeling for longer.

Staying hydrated is also important to our bodies and in keeping potassium levels in check for heart health. Because of the expansion of the seeds when added to liquids, the seeds will help the body stay hydrated longer. This is one big reason why athletes eat chia seeds before competition.

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