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Also known as the Aztec running food. In pre-columbian times, Aztec warriors depended on them as a survival food while on marches, only taking a mouthful a day to sustain them. Chia seeds absorb liquid which makes them swell to 9 times their size, turning the liquid into a gel-like consistency. This helps to prevent dehydration. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin. 

I usually take a tablespoon of Chia seeds every morning in a glass of water about 30mins before eating. Because they absorb liquid, they also help prevent you from overeating which can also help if you are trying to watch your weight for any reason. If I have lemons on hand I also squeeze in half a lemon which helps speed up metabolism before eating.

Not only are Chia Seeds extremely useful in helping to control your eating, they are also a superfood that is packed full of vitamins, minerals and they have a multitude of uses in many different recipes. And one Tablespoon is only 62 calories!

Chia seeds are said to have:
*2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
*5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones,
*2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
*3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
*3 times more iron than spinach
*copious amounts of omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential fatty acids

They are a complete source of protein, providing all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. They are also a fabulous source of soluble fibre. Like flax, chia is highly hydrophilic: the seeds absorb water and create a mucilaginous gel. They can hold 9-12 times their  weight in water and they absorb it very rapidly - in under 10 minutes.

One advantage of chia is that because it has such a high antioxidant content, the seeds stay stable for much longer, whereas flax, for example, may turn rancid. Chia seeds can easily be  stored dry for 4-5 years without deterioration in flavour, odour or nutritional  value. You can substitute chia in any recipe that calls for flax.

The  taste of chia is very mild and pleasant. That means you can easily combine it  with other foods without changing the taste dramatically. People add chia to their sauces, bread batters, puddings, smoothies and more. The flavour is retained, plus a lot more nutrition is added.

What are some other benefits of eating Chia?
* Provides energy
* Boosts strength
* Bolsters endurance
* Levels blood sugar
* Induces weight loss
* Aids intestinal regularity

Chia slows the impact of sugars on the system, if eaten together. Chia gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. That means the energy from the food is released steadily, resulting in more endurance. This is clearly of great benefit to diabetics in particular.

Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/022468.html#ixzz2Tc8zmdWL

Here you can read about 40 ways to use Chia Seeds.
Also the top 10 benefits of Chia Seeds
In fact just browsing through the Chia Seeds websites has proved a lot of fun for me as it has so many different recipes and articles about this amazing superfood.

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