Chia Seeds And Weight Loss


Chia Seeds and Weight Loss

Chia seeds have become talk of the town. Everyone seems to rave about it. I am not sure whether it helps in weight loss or not since I have not used it. If you have benefited from it, please let all of us know using the comments section below.

Chia Seeds And Weight Loss

I researched about Chia seeds and plan to include them in my diet.

Some of the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds are –

  • Regulation of Blood Sugar – Chia seeds can regulate insulin levels. Boon for diabates !
  • Antioxidants – Chia seeds have high shelf life, thanks to the antioxidants present in them. So, we now know two more great antioxidants – brown rice and Chia seeds apart from the famous Green Tea.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Just like Flax seeds, Chia seeds are rich in
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids due to which they help in reducing cholesterol.
  • Fiber – Chia seeds are extremely good , rather excellent in fiber -10 grams in 2 tablespoons.
  • Calcium, Phophorus, Manganese – All good things packed !
  • Gluten Free -Chia seeds have no gluten or grains.So gluten intolerant people can easily consume them.
  • Egg Replacer – Now here is the good news for vegetarians. Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Keep the misture as is for 15 minutes.The outer layer of chia seeds swells in water and forms a gel. You can use this gel in your foods the same way as you use egg white.
  • Can Be Digested Whole – Its said that flaxseeds need to be ground for better digestion. Chia seeds can be consumed directly.

For weight loss –

Ideally any food which is rich in fibre and Omega 3 fatty acids is good for weight loss. I found a study by David Nieman, DrPH who is a professor at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He reveals that in 12 weeks, there was no effect of Chia seeds on the weight of participants.

I would suggest to include Chia seeds in your meals for improvement in your overall health but don’t expect miracles in your weight loss 🙂