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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Why You Should Be Putting Chia on Your Plate

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Chia seeds come from the chia plant, which is native to Mexico and other areas of Central America. These seeds have been consumed by indigenous peoples of these areas for millennia, and they pack a huge nutritional wallop.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Why You Should Be Putting Chia on Your Plate

  1. 1. WHAT IS CHIA? UNDERSTANDING SUPERFOODS by Christopher Flatt www.becomingachef.co.uk
  2. 2. WHY YOU SHOULD BE PUTTING CHIA ON YOUR PLATE The Good News Is That Chia Might Not Be As Unfamiliar To You As It Is To Others, But You Might Not Be Aware Of This Little Seed’s Significant Health Benefits, Or The Fact That It Can Add Taste And Flavour To A Wide Range Of Meals.
  3. 3. WHAT IS CHIA?  Chia Seeds Come From The Chia Plant, Which Is Native To Mexico And Other Areas Of Central America  These Seeds Have Been Consumed By Indigenous Peoples Of These Areas For Millennia, And They Pack A Huge Nutritional Wallop  In Fact, Their Very Name Comes From The Mayan Word For Strength  The Plant Is Actually Closely Related To Mint, Although The Seeds Don’t Have A Minty Flavour
  4. 4. HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS  They Can Benefit A Wide Range Of Different Health Conditions  They Can Be Highly Beneficial In A Number Of Other Instances  One Of Those Is The Way That Chia Can Benefit Diabetics  When Eaten (Or Soaked In Water), Chia Seeds Create A Gelatinous, Viscous Liquid  This Coats The Inside Of The Digestive Tract, Slowing Down Digestion And The Absorption Of Sugars, Which In Turn Helps To Control Blood Glucose And Insulin
  5. 5.  Can Help Improve Bone And Teeth Health.  A Single Serving Of Chia Seeds Actually Contains Almost 20% Of The Rda Of Calcium, And When Combined With Other Superfoods In Your Diet That Help Your Body Absorb More Of The Calcium You Take In Through Your Diet, Can Foster Stronger Bones And Teeth.  Chia Seeds Also Offer Quite A Bit Of Protein  Ust A Single Serving (A Little Under A Tablespoon) Can Give You Almost 10% Of Your RDA Of Protein.  It Can Also Offer 27% Of Your Daily Intake Of Phosphorous, As Well As 30% Of Your Rda Of Manganese
  6. 6. CHIA SEEDS NUTRITION  Nutritional Components, Include:  Calcium – Manganese - Protein  Magnesium – Phosphorous - Vitamin B3  Potassium - Vitamin B2 - Zinc  A Great Source Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, As Well As Fibre  Carbohydrates Contained By The Seeds Are In The Form Of Fibre Is Also A Benefit  Your Body Can Actually Digest These Seeds
  7. 7. GETTING CHIA SEEDS ON YOUR PLATE  Most Sources Recommend Two Servings Of Chia Seeds (About An Ounce Each) Per Day  You Can Add That To Your Plate In Any Number Of Ways  Sprinkle Them Over A Salad, Where They Add A Light, Nutty Flavour And Some Crunch  Using Them In Breads In Place Of Other Wholegrains  Used As Toppings For Everything From Yogurt To Meat Dishes
  8. 8. CHRISTOPHER FLATT www.becomingachef.co.uk SUBSCRIBE BELOW

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