by: Lem Andrews
We have to wonder what the dangers are of living in this fast-paced , industrial culture. In terms of health, it’s been well documented that our go-go-go diet of fast food, fatty meats, and tons of high fructose corn syrup takes its toll. Fortunately, there is a large and growing group clamoring for cleaner, purer foods, and a healthier lifestyle. Of course marketers pick up on this and now we have the “superfood” craze. Natural, whole foods that have incredible health benefits- most of which, I’m sure, they haven’t even discovered yet. Chia seed is one food that will soon be added to the pantheon. For those of you interested in its health benefits, here’s 5 great reasons to add chia seed to your diet:
1. It’s the richest plant source of Omega-3’s.
Most people know that you’re supposed to get Omega-3’s, thanks in no small part to all the “Heart-healthy source of Omega-3’s” labels being stuck on everything from eggs and bread to T.V. dinners. But what many people don’t realize is that you don’t have to take fish oil, or eat a ton of salmon, or buy engineered food-like products to get a dose of the stuff. Flax seed is another plant source of omega-3’s.
2. It’s a good source of complete proteins
A complete protein is a protein that is an adequate source of all nine amino acids necessary in any human diet. There are lots of sources of complete proteins, however, if you’re a vegetarian you know that plant-based sources are few and far between. And let’s face it, tempeh can get old (pun intended).
3. It contains more calcium than milk
Pound per pound, chia contains more calcium than whole milk. 2 oz of chia seeds contain 600mg of calcium. BOOM
4. It’s a great source of fiber
Fiber is another one of those buzz words, but unfortunately high fiber foods are notoriously inedible. If you’re a food hedonist- a foodonist if you will- you can’t eat most stuff that’s rich in fiber. Chia, for all its wonder, is surprisingly mild in flavor. Tossing into a meat dish adds a nice vegetative flavor. I’ve never had wild game before, but my imagination tells me that the two would go great together.
5. You don’t have to fuss over it
Unlike flax seed, which has to be ground and goes off very quickly, chia can be consumed as is. It’s got a lot of natural anti-oxidants so it keeps well too. However, don’t use chia oil for cooking, because the oil will oxidize.
You might be saying, “OK, but how do I get this great seed into my diet without going through a bunch of trouble?” Swing over to Life’s Healthy Pleasures for some delicious, all natural chia cookies, or check out this post for some no-hassle uses.