Chia seeds are currently receiving a great deal of attention in the health community, and for good reason! These small, but mighty seeds are considered among the healthiest foods in the world, truly deserving of being called a ‘superfood.’
If you haven’t heard of chia seeds before, they come from the Salvia Hispanica plant, which is part of the mint family, and are native to Mexico and Gautemala. They are said to have been an important food to the Aztecs and Mayans. And due to their incredible health benefits, it’s no surprise as to why! Here are 12 reasons to add more chia seeds to your diet…
1. High in Fiber
Chia seeds are among the best sources of fiber on the planet—offering approximately 11 grams per ounce. Depending on your age and gender, that’s about a third of your required daily intake!
If you’ve ever soaked chia seeds, you probably noticed how they develop a gelatinous texture. Dr. Axe explains that this occurs because of the soluble fiber they offer, which “can work as a prebiotic that supports the growth of probiotics in the gut.”