More on Chia Seeds

"The chia seed is an excellent source of fiber and is loaded with vitamins and minerals, specifically high in calcium. Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, contain 7 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons, and are the richest known source of the essential omega-3 fatty acid. Although few studies have been published, preliminary literature suggests the soluble fiber in chia seeds can help decrease blood pressure and blood sugars. Chia seeds have also been known to aid with running and athletic performance requiring hydration. Their unique ability to absorb nine times their weight in water can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes. Chia seeds can be sprinkled in oatmeal, yogurt, soup, smoothies or even added to a favorite recipe."
Jodi Brindisi, RD, LDN, is a registered pediatric dietitian with Baptist Medical Center and Wolfson Children's Hospital.

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