Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are well known in North America as being the hair and other growing parts of “Chia Pets.” But they are actually a very nutritious food source used by the ancient Aztecs and still today in South America. These Superseeds are high in fiber (42% in one 1 oz serving), omega 3, calcium, protein, and tryptophan (the sleepy amino acid as in turkey!). Since Chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times its own weight, Dr. Oz has recommended them to boost weight loss because they can expand to help suppress appetite. Dr. Oz also recommends them to promote sleep because of their tryptophan content. There are many ways to eat them, sprinkle on cereals, salads, and yogurt without much noticeable flavor. Here’s a website devoted to 40 Ways to use Chia Seeds.

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