5 Reasons to Start Eating Chia Seeds July 04 2014

Chia seeds come from a flowering mint family plant native to Guatemala and Mexico. While chia has been in regular use in its native countries for hundreds of years - chia seeds fueled great South American empires of the 1500s and 1600s -it was largely unknown in North America until more recently.

The little rice-sized seeds contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and are a great source of super healthy omega-3 fats. As an added benefit, chia seeds can be eaten whole or ground, and they are tasteless so can be added to foods without affecting the flavour.

There is growing scientific evidence of chia's positive health benefits, including boosting energy and lowering cholesterol. Here are five more reasons to add chia seeds to your family’s diet!

Boost Your Brain

Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health.

Get Your Fibre

A one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre, which is about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults and incredibly important for digestive health.

Tame That Belly Fat

Chia has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar, which can help to fight insulin resistance – something that can be tied to an increase in the dreaded belly fat.

Load Up On Protein

Chia seeds are a fabulous source of protein for vegetarians and vegans, and don't contain any cholesterol. Just one 28-gram serving (2 tablespoons) has 4.4 grams of protein, almost 10% of the daily value for adults!

Feel Full Faster

Tryptophan (yes, that amino acid that brings on the urge to nap after a turkey dinner) is present in chia seeds, and works to regulate appetite, sleep, and even improve mood.

An easy way to add chia seeds to your diet is with Bo's Turbo Boost Drink Mix.

Packed with chlorophyll, nutrients, and trace-minerals, this powdered drink mix features three key superfoods: Ontario-grown raw hemp seed, British-Columbian spirulina algae, and the highest-quality ground chia seed.

Try adding into your smoothie, or shake it on a salad or stir-fry. Anytime you need a pick-me-up, just add 1 tablespoon to a bottle of water and feel the lift!

Adapted from Chia Seed Benefits: 10 Reasons To Add Chia To Your Diet