People have been consuming chia seeds for a long time, but it is only recent that the benefits of those amazing seeds were discovered. It was first consumed  by the Aztecs and the Mayans, and they almost considered them to be magical "because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time". Chia actually means strength in the Mayan language.

Chia seeds are now are actually considered a super food since they contain huge amounts of nutrients at such a low calorie count.  According to the article titled "Chia: Ancient Super-Seed Secret" that's published on The Dr. Oz Show website, it states that "Chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb your appetite;so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density (or calories) of foods".

Chia seeds can be consumed in so many different ways, add it to your favorite snack or dessert or simply mix it with your favorite juice. Not only are they a good source of fiber, as they deliver almost 42% from your recommended daily intake, but they also contain omega-3 fatty acids in concentrated amounts. As for those who avoid dairy in their diets, chia is a good source of calcium as well.

It is amazing how a seed this small can have so many benefits. Make sure to include chia seeds into your daily diet as you will immediately notice the difference. Give it a try and sprinkle them over whatever meal you're planning on having, the list of foods you can add chia with is endless!

Article source: www.doctoroz.com/blog/lindsey-duncan-nd-cn/chia-ancient-super-secret

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