Ask The Experts: Are Chia Seeds Really That Good For You?

Ever wondered if these seeds are simply just hype? Here's the answer.

These tiny seeds won’t make you sprout muscles, but they can deliver big benefits.

Packed with calcium, iron and magnesium, they’re also high in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, says Vladimir Vuksanm, PhD, a professor in medicine and nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto.

He has studied the effects of chia in both healthy and diabetic people. “Chia seeds seem to have cardio-protective properties and can assist in stabilising your blood sugar.”

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An ounce (28g) is 138 calories and provides 10g of fibre, 5g of protein and 5g of omega-3s. Popular in Central America since Aztec times, these nutty-tasting seeds (known botantically as Salvia hispanica L.) are now widely available at supermarkets.

Sprinkle them into salads, mix them into yoghurt or blend them into your post-workout shakes.

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