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Chia Seeds

Lauren McDonnell,MA,RD,CDE

Chia seeds have that funny association with that fuzzy-plant pet from the 70's: the Chia Pet.  Make no mistake- chia seeds are NOT for sitting around the house, they are one of the most nutrition-dense foods known to man.  They provide a generous amount of protein, fiber, heart-healthy fat and even offers a little amount of calcium for the tiny seed that encases such goodness!

Chia seeds  have been part of human nutrition since 1500 BC. Many countries world-wide have consumed  chia seeds for thousands of years due to its huge nutritional and therapeutic potential.  Much of the epidemiological research on chia seeds are from Mexico and Guatemala; many pre-Colombian cultures relied on chia for its nutrition potency.  Chia seeds are now getting their chance to shine again, and it couldn't come at a better time, now that there are so many populations that can really benefit from these tiny nutrition powerhouses.

Diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension are all diseases that benefit from chia seeds' high fiber content as well as its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-blood clotting, laxative, antidepressant, antianxiety, analgesic, vision powers.  These benefits are widely known and scientifically proven.

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