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Chia Seeds Questions and Answers

Chia seeds are known to be one of the best plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, along with other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, calcium, proteins and last, but not least, fibers.

chia seeds qustions and answers

Here are some of the most popular chia seeds questions and answers about their properties and consumption.

Is it possible to overeat chia seeds?

Not quite.

If you consume more than your body needs (although highly unlikely to happen), you may feel slightly bloated-but this condition rarely occurs even to people with a low digestive capacity than usual.

Is it possible to be allergic to chia seeds?

As it is the case with any other seeds, some people may have or develop allergic reactions from eating them-although there were very few reported allergy reactions for eating chia seeds.

The most likely people to have an allergic reaction are those who have allergies to sesame or mustard seeds or any other mint family member.

What chia seeds contain?

The main vitamins contained are vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), C (ascorbic acid), E, folic acid.

They also include vitamins B3, B5, B6, B15, B 17, D, K, and inositol. The primary minerals contained are bromine, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulfur and zinc.

It also contains many electrolytes and no less than 18 out of the 22 amino acids- of which 9 are essential ones.

I’m on medication. Can I consume chia seeds?

Um … you should talk to your doctor. Some chia seeds properties may reduce the effects of specific medication.

What happens with chia seeds after swallowing?

When absorbed into the digestive fluids, chia seeds swell and will have a jelly-like consistency.

This gel decreases the absorption of carbohydrates into sugar, releasing energy slowly throughout the day.

I understand that I should drink plenty of liquids when eating chia seeds

Since chia seed can absorb up to 9 times its weight in water, a reduced fluid consumption can cause abdominal cramps.

So it is necessary to drink enough fluids when eating chia seeds.

I’ve heard that regular consumption of chia seeds can help regain my strength and make my nails grow faster

Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids as well as bromine, calcium, and antioxidants that help in getting healthy hair and nails and boosting energy.

Is it required to grind the chia seeds before eating them?

Unlike the flaxseeds, which must be milled (or soaked) when eaten, chia seeds do not require grinding; they can be consumed whole.

Read: Chia seeds nutrition facts

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