Chia: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

The chia plant has truly become more popular in recent times, which has a lot to do with the chia seed. Although people know they are good for your health, they may not know things about the plant that make it awesome. Here are some of those facts. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: It Dates Back Farther Than You Think

Humans have been consuming the chia plant in one form or another for a really long time. In fact, it is believed to have been part of the human diet since before 3000 b.c., which is really saying something.

Number Fourteen: Chia Seeds Can Make a Gel

Interestingly enough, chia seeds can make a gel. The secret: you need to soak them for half an hour. This would make for a nice child’s science experiment.

Number Thirteen: They’re Great for Diabetics

When the seeds are consumed, they slow down the rate at which the body metabolizes sugars, which make them a stable source of carbs for diabetics. Hooray for everyone!

Number Twelve: They’re Kind of Legendary

It’s been said that Aztec warriors were able to thrive out and about by consuming just a tablespoon of the seeds. Impressive!

Number Eleven: They’re Really Nutrient Dense

Despite their size, this plant contains a lot of different nutrients. You can get your day’s worth of protein, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and fat from just three ounces of the stuff.

Number Ten: Hello, Antioxidants!

It’s been reported that chia seeds are really full of antioxidants, which are practically good for everything health-wise. In fact, they’re so full of it, that it takes a lot of effort to spoil them.

Number Nine: They Can Be Used as an Egg Replacement

Chia seeds are yet another ingredient that can replace eggs in any recipe, meaning that the end result will be much healthier. To do so, all you need to do is put a tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of water, and then you’re good to go in a few minutes! There are so many things to learn about the chia plant. Stay tuned for the second part of the article, which is coming soon!