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9 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Eat Chia Seeds

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9 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Eat Chia Seeds

Dating back more than 5000 years since their first cultivation, Chia seeds have now become an extremely popular go-to item within the health community. They are easy on the digestion and offer a mild, nutty flavor, which makes them perfect to add to desserts, smoothies, and porridge. They can be eaten raw, soaked or ground up and happen to be highly nutritious.

In addition to giving incredible energy, Chia seeds also provide many amazing health benefits, especially when consumed frequently. The following things will happen if you eat Chia seeds every week:

1. You’ll improve your digestion

No need to worry if you’re getting enough fiber if you have Chia seeds! Just 80 grams will give you 100% of your daily requirement for dietary fiber, which helps to keep your digestive system running smoothly. It also helps to eliminate toxins and excess waste while keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

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2. You’ll increase your energy levels and endurance

Research has shown that athletes who consume Chia seeds have more athletic endurance than those who don’t. When Chia seeds are soaked they form a gel-like substance, which remarkably contains just as much energy as many popular energy drinks. At 100 calories per spoonful, they are one of nature’s best sources of pure, raw energy.

3. You will lose some weight

The amount of fiber in Chia seeds is enough to shift the scale in the right direction, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer while ridding your body of excess water and waste. It also contains plenty of zinc, which is known to stimulate leptin: this helps to regulate your hormones and appetite, keeping cravings in control.

4. You will increase your brain power

Chia seeds are an excellent source of easily digestible Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for the proper functioning of the brain. It helps to fight depression, both by reducing inflammation and by building up the tissue in your brain associated with happy feelings. It also helps to boost cognitive function and memory retention, giving you a bigger, smarter brain to work with.

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5. You’ll have a stronger, healthier heart

Because Chia seeds are so high in soluble and insoluble fiber, they help to lower cholesterol levels and clear out any harmful inflammation and plaque buildup in the cardiovascular system: this helps to prevent heart disease and heart failure. They are also a rich source of antioxidants, which reduces free radical damage and rejuvenates deteriorating cells, giving you a stronger and healthier heart.

6. You will lower your risk of hypertension

The powerful Omega 3 fatty acids in Chia seeds are great for lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. Chia is also packed with magnesium, iron, potassium and antioxidants, which help to give you better quality blood and bring your blood pressure to its ideal level. This means fewer headaches, less sweating and less risk on your life.

7. You’ll reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes

Chia seeds contain alpha linolenic acid and plenty of fiber, which has been proven to balance blood sugar levels and dramatically reduce the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. The gel-like soluble fiber helps to slow digestion and prevents insulin resistance and blood pressure spikes, which is a great source of anti-diabetic support.

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8. You’ll have stronger muscles and better workout recovery

Who would’ve guessed that these Chia seeds are a total protein powerhouse? They are one of the densest sources of plant protein, helping to give you strong and lean muscles as well as improving fat burn. Not only that but they are also a rich source of highly absorbable magnesium which has been proven to reduce muscle cramps and speed up recovery after each workout.

9. You’ll have a bigger, better smile

Chia seeds contain the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk, which makes them excellent for maintaining the health of your teeth! They also contain zinc, phosphorus, and Vitamin A which helps to reduce plaque buildup and eliminates bacteria that causes bad breath and gum disease.

Conclusion:

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Chia seeds are so incredibly good for you that you can be excited about adding them to your diet, knowing that they add texture and flavor as well as boosting your happiness and health. They only need to be soaked for 15 minutes, and can serve as a wonderful replacement for eggs in baked dishes, or can easily be added to desserts and smoothies. No matter how you choose to have them, your body will thank you for it, one bite at a time!

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Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

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Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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