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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Chia Seeds

What is Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant, a type of sage in the Mint family. They were a staple of the ancient Aztec diet, and they are now grown commercially in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. I find it is taste less but lot of benefits. However I heard people saying it has some nutty flavour.
Health Benefits
  • Chia is gluten free. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.
  • It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!
  • It boasts 20% protein. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids
  • It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)
  • Chia contains five times more calcium than milk. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges. It contains three times more iron than spinach. It contains twice the potassium content of banana
  • When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.  Hence it has +ve impact on blood glucose levels. So it is good for diabetics patients
  • Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
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    Names In Other Languages for Chia Seeds(Arabic, Assamese, Bengali,Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu):

    Nutritional value
    NUTRITION INFORMATION
    Amounts per 1 ounce (28g)

    Calorie Information
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calories
    137
    (574 kJ)
    7%
      From Carbohydrate
    50.0
    (209 kJ)
      From Fat
    72.1
    (302 kJ)
      From Protein
    15.2
    (63.6 kJ)
      From Alcohol
    ~
    (0.0 kJ)

    Carbohydrates
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Carbohydrate
    12.3
    g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber
    10.6
    g
    42%
    Starch
    ~
    Sugars
    ~

    Fats & Fatty Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Fat
    8.6
    g
    13%
    Saturated Fat
    0.9
    g
    4%
    Monounsaturated Fat
    0.6
    g
    Polyunsaturated Fat
    6.5
    g
    Total trans fatty acids
    ~
    Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids
    ~
    Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids
    ~
    Total Omega-3 fatty acids
    4915
    mg
    Total Omega-6 fatty acids
    1620
    mg
    Protein & Amino Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Protein
    4.4
    g
    9%

    Vitamins
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Vitamin A
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin C
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin D
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin K
    ~
    ~
    Thiamin
    ~
    ~
    Riboflavin
    ~
    ~
    Niacin
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin B6
    ~
    ~
    Folate
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin B12
    0.0
    mcg
    0%
    Pantothenic Acid
    ~
    ~
    Choline
    ~
    Betaine
    ~

    Minerals
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calcium
    177
    mg
    18%
    Iron
    ~
    ~
    Magnesium
    ~
    ~
    Phosphorus
    265
    mg
    27%
    Potassium
    44.8
    mg
    1%
    Sodium
    5.3
    mg
    0%
    Zinc
    1.0
    mg
    7%
    Copper
    0.1
    mg
    3%
    Manganese
    0.6
    mg
    30%
    Selenium
    ~
    ~
    Fluoride
    ~

    Sterols
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Cholesterol
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Phytosterols
    ~

    Other
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Alcohol
    0.0
    g
    Water
    1.4
    g
    Ash
    1.4
    g
    Caffeine
    ~
    Theobromine
    ~


    Footnotes for Seeds, chia seeds, dried
    Source: Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21. Each "~" indicates a missing or incomplete value.

    Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

    Nutrition Data's Opinion, Completeness Score™, Fullness Factor™, Rating, Estimated Glycemic Load (eGL), and Better Choices Substitutions™ are editorial opinions of NutritionData.com, given without warranty, and are not intended to replace the advice of a nutritionist or health-care professional. Nutrition Data's opinions and ratings are based on weighted averages of the nutrient densities of those nutrients for which the FDA has established Daily Values, and do not consider other nutrients that may be important to your health or take into account your individual needs. Consequently, Nutrition Data's higher-rated foods may not necessarily be healthier for you than lower-rated ones. All foods, regardless of their rating, have the potential to play an important role in your diet.

    The Amino Acid Score has not been corrected for digestibility, which could reduce its value.

    IF Rating™ is a trademark of Monica Reinagel. Data for the IF Rating was provided by inflammationfactor.com.


    Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3061/2#ixzz2abfuBRgL


    Chia Seeds  Substitute


    Flax seeds can be of good substitute


    Where it can be used
    1. Use chia seeds as a topping in smoothies, oat meals, yogurt, Salad. You can use them as raw or as powder

    2. Make smoothies and beverages with chia gel. When soaked for 30 mins Chia becomes like jel. It can be soaked in milk or water or with any juices. The gel can also be used as an egg substitute in vegan baking
    How to Store

    Chia seeds can be stored for longer time. Store it in airtight container preferably with glass or plastic container, away from direct sun light


    Recipe Using  Chia Seeds(Here I list only main dishes.. but Chia Seeds an be used in lot of dishes for decoration or just to add little flavour)


    http://Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com --> Search for Chia Seeds

    5 comments:

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    2. Great article on chia seeds! i recently wrote one about the health benefits and different ways to add chia seeds into our daily lives!
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    3. hello... is chia seed is sabja seed or not...

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    4. hello... is chia seed is sabja seed or not...

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    5. What's the Bengali name of Chia seeds ????

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