Chia: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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The chia plant is gaining more recognition in modern times due to all of its health benefits. Honestly, this amazing plant should have become more “hip” sooner, as to improve the health of many. Here are more facts about this awesome plant.

Number Eight: They Can Be Enjoyed in Any Form

Unlike some seeds, chia seeds can be eaten whole, which is good. Some, like flax seeds, need to be ground before consumption.

Number Seven: They Expand a Lot

Because the chia plant is super hydrophilic, they expand to more than ten times their size when soaked in water, which is super crazy. It’s no wonder when, in combination with the fact that they have so much fiber, that they’re so filling!

Number Six: North America Didn’t Really Know About it Until Recently

Even though the seeds has been consumed for thousands of years, it wasn’t until a few decades ago that Americans knew of it. It took Wayne Coates, who was studying the plant in Argentina, to bring it to light.

Number Five: Red Seeds Are Red Flags

Although chia seeds are fantastic for the body, they have to be the right color. If they’re any combination of white, brown, or black, then they are good. If they’re red, it means that they’re immature and shouldn’t be consumed.

Number Four: They’re Great for Bones

Another reason why the seeds should be integrated into one’s diet is because they’re high in calcium, making them great for the bones. Having chia seeds regularly can pretty much guarantee good bone health, especially since they’re not acidic in the slightest.

Number Three: They Have No Smell

Despite the fact that these plants are part of the mint family, they literally have no scent. It’s quite odd that they don’t, but things mutate differently.

Number Two: Chia Pets Are Just Sprouts

Chia Pets, which have gained popularity sooner than they have of the seeds themselves, are, of course, from the same plant. However, what some people don’t know is the fact that the grass-like part of the chia pet are just sprouted seeds, which is pretty fascinating.

Number One: It Can Be Used as Bug Repellent

Something quite odd about this plant is that it can be used as a bug repellent. This has a lot to do with the fact that it is high in oil. Organic farmers sometimes use the seeds themselves to keep bugs away. Isn’t the chia plant rather intriguing? It’s no wonder it’s gained people’s attention. Thanks for reading!

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