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In an increasingly globalized world, it is common for foods of any culture to spread and become popular on all continents. That is why today, especially in large cities, we have the option of incorporating dishes from our countries of origin into our diet, or trying different dishes and ingredients that enrich our palates, improve our health and keep at bay the monotony.
One of the newcomers to the stardom of the variety is chia seeds, which after several years of being reduced to the shelves of health food stores and the occasional supermarket, is expanding its presence and acceptance. The chia (Salvia hispanica) is a plant that is grown in America since before the arrival of the conquistadors, and was part of the staple diet of the Mayans and Aztecs. Chia can be purchased in seeds, energy bars, drinks, and other forms, and some advertising campaigns promote it as wonderful food and the new magic for weight loss.
What are the benefits of chia?
If your goal is to lose a few pounds, chia seeds are not the solution; the only way is still a healthy diet, good calorie control and more physical exercises … but that does not mean that these star seeds have no benefit. In addition to its versatility and pleasant taste (unlike its closest rival, flaxseeds), chia has good properties and can be an excellent complement to your diet:
• They are an excellent source of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids
• About two tablespoons contain 10 grams of dietary fiber
• They are rich in protein and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc
Chia can be consumed in any of its forms, either raw as part of a snack or added to a smoothie or yogurt. But yes, keep in mind that all excesses usually have consequences, and in this case, excess fiber can cause constipation and other stomach upsets. If you have allergies or are taking pressure medications, you should be cautious and consult your doctor before starting to take them.