16 Unbelievable Facts About Chia Seeds

16 Unbelievable Facts About Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds have become a popular superfood in recent years. But what many people don’t realize is that chia seeds are loaded with health benefits. Today, we are going to discuss some of the most impressive facts about chia seeds. In case you missed this post, Chia Seed: Everything You Need to Know

16 Unbelievable Facts About Chia Seeds

16 Unbelievable Facts About Chia Seeds

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are small, black seeds that come from the Salvia hispanica plant. They have a nutty flavor and are often used in health foods and cosmetics.

Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in antioxidants and minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, and manganese.

They were used for centuries by the Aztecs and Mayans as a source of energy. Today, they are gaining popularity as a superfood due to their many health benefits.

You can eat chia seeds raw, cooked, or ground into flour. They can also be sprouted and used to grow edible greens. Chia seeds are an easy way to add extra nutrition to your diet. 

16 Unbelievable Facts About Chia Seeds

16 Unbelievable Facts About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a nutrient-rich superfood that has been used for centuries by cultures all over the world. Here are 10 amazing facts about chia seeds that you may not know:

Excellent Source of Omega-3s

Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health. Many of us each fish products to get a boost in our omega-3 fatty acid consumption. Others, some who don’t like fish, will take a supplement each day that includes this important nutrient.

Packed with Nutrients

Chia seeds are also a good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Fiber helps to keep you regular and aids in digestion. Protein is essential for the growth and repair of tissues, particularly muscles. Antioxidants help to protect your cells from damage.

May Help with Weight Loss

Chia seeds may also help with weight loss. A study in rats found that chia seeds helped to reduce abdominal fat. Another study found that chia seeds increased satiety (feeling full) and reduced food intake.

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May Improve Heart Health

Chia seeds may also improve heart health. A study in rats found that chia seeds helped to reduce blood pressure and inflammation. Chia seeds are also high in fiber, which has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

They Keep You Hydrated

Did you know that chia seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water?  This makes them a great food to eat if you are trying to stay hydrated. One of our daughters, Heidi, puts chia seeds in her water containers each morning as she prepares for the day. She feels that the chia seeds help her feel full longer and stretches the water consumed as she tries to stay hydrated.

They May Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Chia seeds may also help to lower blood sugar levels. Another study in rats found that chia seeds helped to reduce blood sugar levels for those test animals who were given them as part of their daily diet.

They Can Replace Eggs

Chia seeds can be used as a vegan egg replacer in recipes. Start with 3 tablespoons of boiling water plus 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, or 2 teaspoons of ground chia seeds. Mix together and let sit 15 minutes. This equals one egg. This “recipe” mixture will create a gel that can be used in place of eggs.

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They Are Easy to Add to Your Diet

Chia seeds are easy to add to your diet. You can eat them raw, cooked, or ground into flour. You can also sprout them and use them to grow edible greens. As mentioned above, you can also add them to the liquids you drink.

You Don’t Need a Lot of Them

You don’t need to eat a lot of chia seeds to get their health benefits. Just 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of chia seeds provide a good amount of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia Seeds Have a Long Shelf Life

Chia seeds have a long shelf life. They can be stored for up to 2 years in a cool, dry place. You should consider adding them to your pantry inventory as part of your long-term food storage plan.

Chia Pets Were Made With Chia Seeds

Did you know that chia pets were made with chia seeds? The chia seeds are soaked in water and then sprayed onto clay figurines. The seeds will sprout and grow within a few days. This would be a fun exercise to include your young kids. They would learn about how plants get started, what sprouts look like, and how to keep plants alive until the time to harvest.

They are Gluten Free

One of the best things about chia seeds is that they are gluten-free. This makes them a great recipe option for people with celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities. 

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It Was Used as an Endurance Food

Chia seeds were once used as endurance food. The Aztecs and Mayans would carry chia seeds with them on long journeys.

Chia Seeds Were Used as Currency

Chia seeds were also once used as currency. In Aztec culture, 1 kg of chia seeds was worth about 2,000 eggs. Additionally, conquered nations would have to pay their Aztec rulers in chia seeds.

Babies Can Benefit from Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can also be given to babies. A study found that chia seeds helped to improve the growth and development of infants if given in the right amounts at an appropriate age.

You Can Buy Them Online

You can buy chia seeds online or at most health food stores. Look for them in the bulk section or in the natural foods aisle. In fact, you can even buy them on Amazon. Here are some of my top picks:

What Can You Make With Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are an incredibly versatile ingredient. They can be added to both sweet and savory dishes, and they offer a variety of health benefits. But how can you use them in your cooking?

Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. They can be bought whole or ground, and they can be used in several different ways.

  • Add them to smoothies – One of the simplest ways to use chia seeds is to add them to smoothies or juices.
  • Add them to soups – Chia seeds will also thicken up soups or sauces if you add them while cooking.
  • Sprinkle on healthy foods – You can also sprinkle chia seeds on top of cereal, yogurt, or salads.
  • Make homemade jam or pudding – If you want to get a little creative, you can even use chia seeds to make homemade jam or pudding. Chia pudding is a popular option!

How to Store Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are relatively shelf-stable and can be stored in a variety of ways. You can keep them in a dry, airtight container in your pantry or cupboard.

You can also store them in the fridge or freezer, if you’re looking for a longer shelf life. Chia seeds should be stored away from light and moisture to prevent them from going bad. When stored properly, chia seeds can last for several months or even years. With that said, it’s always best to use them within six months for the freshest flavor.

Assuming you’ll be using your chia seeds regularly, the best way to store them is in an airtight container in the pantry. That way they’ll be easy to access and you won’t have to worry about them going bad. Chia seeds don’t need to be refrigerated, but if you want them to last even longer, feel free to pop them in the fridge or freezer. Just make sure to use an airtight container so they don’t absorb any moisture or odors from the fridge.

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Final Word

Now that you know some of the amazing facts about chia seeds, be sure to add them to your diet! Just 2 tablespoons of these tiny seeds can provide a host of health benefits. 

Did we miss any interesting facts about chia seeds? Let me know how you’ve put them to use in recipes by adding your comments below! May God Bless this world, Linda

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14 Comments

  1. Another fun fact is that after the apocalypse and the stores are looted it will still be sitting there along with the cauliflower pizza lol

    Good article. I hadn’t given them much thought

    1. Hi Matt, oh my gosh, now I have the giggles! You are right I had no trouble finding any on the grocery shelves! The cauliflower pizza….LOL! Best comment ever! Linda

    2. I have read that it is best to hydrate them before consuming them, should not eat them sprinkled dry on foods where they can’t be rehydrated .

  2. Great Article! I use them when I make my own fruit leather by grinding up 2 – 4 TBS before adding them to the blender with the berries. Great for those long hikes, camping trips, and long days of fishing, and I always make it for my cousins right before hunting season starts along with homemade jerky! They are available at Aldi for a decent price labeled as organic!

  3. Sorry, I don’t mean to be a downer here – but thought I should speak up for those people who have naturally low blood pressure like I do. Chia seeds will lower your blood pressure to a dangerous level. I started using them in my morning smoothies. I put one tablespoon in two days in a row. The evening of the second day, out to dinner with my husband, my blood pressure bottomed out and I passed out! Be careful!!

    1. Kathy, I too have always had naturally low blood pressure, however, my body also always craves salt which for me balances out my blood pressure to a “low but normal” range. I know that I have been told by doctors that I have high functioning kidneys which is why my body metabolizes sodium so fast, this could possibly be what is going on with you as well. As a result, I always keep a salt shaker with me for this reason per my doctors’ recommendation.

  4. I used some for a smoothie recipe a good while back, but didn’t think much about them at the time. Now I have a whole host of good reasons to use them! I was really excited about the Omega-3 aspect. (I would love to wean hubby off his cholesterol meds!) Guess the guys are in for a chia-fest while I learn to use these wonder seeds! Thanks again for another great bit of info.

  5. Hi Linda,

    Back in the day I heard that you must ground the chia seeds before usage. The reason for this was that they don’t digest from your body. Is this true? Either way, I’m going to get some. I can use all the help that I can get.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Nina, I put a teaspoon in my water jug the first thing in the morning. I add water and let them absorb and puff up. After they puff I add ice cubes and more water. I have added them as is to pancake batter and muffins. Oh and guacamole. Just a little. Either way would work. Linda

  6. I have read that it is best to hydrate them before consuming them, should not eat them sprinkled dry on foods where they can’t be rehydrated .

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