Chia Seeds can kill you if you don’t consume them with caution.
Chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods, which almost became a rage in recent years. They have innumerable benefits and can be consumed in many different ways.
Chia seeds originate from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, an individual from the mint family. The desert plant Salvia hispanica is sold in the name of Chia seeds and several other names. It is believed to be originated from Central America where the ancient Aztec diet contained these seeds in their diet as a staple.
Health Benefits Of The Superfood:
As an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acid, fibre, protein and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc, the Chia seeds have gained popularity in the superfood segment. A daily recommended dose of these seeds is not more than 1.5 tablespoons twice a day.
These seeds have more nutrients than flaxseeds and are very easy to consume as a whole or as a component of other recipes. But, they need to be consumed with caution.
They are widely known to reduce obesity and aid digestion. They have been shown to support a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
Beware Of Chia Seeds, They Can Choke You
However, the magic seeds come with a big warning sign – ‘Don’t eat your chia seeds dry‘.
This is because Chia seeds have the capacity to gain at least 20 times their weight in water or liquids. They can expand to several times their size in liquid substances. These seeds should only be consumed after mixing them with milk, water, juices or other consumable liquids before eating.
This is because they can expand while in our bodies, mostly inside the oesophagus itself. These seeds are known to have caused oesophagal obstruction and choking hazards after consuming dry.
A Source Of Nutrients, Really?
Some even argue whether these seeds are actually a superfood or a superfad. Maria Cross in one of her blogs explains, “The protein content of chia seeds has low digestibility. Whether raw, toasted, blended or soaked, laboratory analyses reveal that protein digestion of these seeds is rated as poor, or very poor. Soaking, which would be expected to yield the highest protein return, has been shown to result in just 24.3% digestibility“.
So, we leave it up to you to eat your Chia seeds well after knowing them properly.