Why Eat Chia Seeds? A Guide To Its Benefits

We could have easily created a chemical cocktail of ingredients to form a delicious keto protein pudding, but that's where we wanted to separate ourselves.

Humans have been eating chia seeds for a long time. In fact, historians believe that they may have been grown by the Aztecs and Mayans as far back as the 16th century. This little seed was praised so much, that it was offered as tribute and payment to those in high ranking positions. The Mayans chose to name the humble little seed "chia" because it means strength in their language.

Chia seeds are such an incredible source of vitamins and minerals that we would be silly to not use what's available from Mother Earth. Here's what we know about chia seeds:

According to Healthline.com:

Ancient civilisations viewed chia seeds as highly nutritious — a belief that’s backed by modern science. In fact, just 1 ounce (28 grams or 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds contains:

  • Calories: 138
  • Protein: 4.7 grams
  • Fat: 8.7 grams
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): 5 grams
  • Carbs: 11.9 grams
  • Fiber: 9.8 grams
  • Calcium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Iron: 12% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 23% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 20% of the DV
  • Zinc: 12% of the DV
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 15% of the DV
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 16% of the DV

This nutritional profile is particularly impressive considering that it’s for just a single serving of about two tablespoons.

According to the same website, chia seeds are high in protein and fibre, both of which have been shown to aid weight loss.

"A 6-month study in 77 people with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes eating a reduced-calorie diet found that those who took chia seeds daily experienced significantly greater weight loss than those who received a placebo."

There is further evidence to suggest that chia seeds improve heart health and blood glucose levels. They are high in antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and of course, the superstars, protein and fibre.

Some say that chia pudding isn't visually appealing but when the benefits are laid out right in front of you, how could you judge this book based on its cover?!

Plus, we've found a way to make it taste AMAZING!