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All About Chia Seed!

 

This month, we’re going to introduce to you the fascinating chia seed!

So what is chia seed?

Some of you might have heard of it as a “super seed”, which commonly refers to chia seed, flaxseed, hemp seed, pumpkin seed, sesame seed, and sunflower seed. However, many of you may not be familiar with what it actually is and what it does in your diet.

Chia seed is a type of edible seed originated from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica and belongs to the Lamiaceae family, also known as the mint family. It is a naturally gluten-free tiny seed in black or white colour. Chia seed is a highly valued food in Aztecs due to its excellent nutrition content and the long shelf life it has. Chia seeds, either ground or whole, can be easily digested and absorbed by the human body. Also, the bland taste of chia seed makes it appropriate to add in many dishes. Therefore, the use of chia seed can be very versatile and you can enjoy many different menus with chia seeds in them!

With 2 tablespoons (approximately 28 grams) of chia seeds, you get 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 11 grams of fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. Although chia seeds are often labeled as a “super food” that can help you lose weight, evidence on its weight loss effect is limited.