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Change things up with chia seeds

HealthBy Sunday World
Change things up with chia seeds

Chia seeds are becoming more and more popular in the culinary world, with their versatility making them perfect for sprinkling on a salad, in your porridge or as part of a muffin mix.

They're jam-packed full of fibre, protein, antioxidants, omega 3 and calcium - so many benefits, you'd be a fool not to include them in your diet!

However, you won't reap the rewards if you don't eat them properly. These little black seeds may be healthy, but only if used in the right way.

Previous research has pointed out the problems with eating them alone, dry, followed by a glass of water. One man did this upon learning that chia seeds expand in water, thus helping you feel fuller for longer and aiding weight loss.

But his method is full of faults, as gulping down a spoon full of chia seeds followed by water only means they'll expand quicker, making them more difficult to digest and causing an uncomfortable feeling. So that's one approach you definitely want to avoid if looking to add chia seeds to your everyday eating habits; you're better of soaking them beforehand. By doing this, food experts have found that a gelatinous coating is formed on the seed, helping them glide down your digestive track rather than causing havoc along the way.

There are other pros of this gel coating, as foodies have suggested using it instead of eggs to bind ingredients while baking. If this sounds up your street, simply mix a table of chia seeds with three tablespoons of water and let them soak for around 15 minutes before adding the end result to whatever it is you're cooking or baking.

You don't have to eat them whole though; when chia seeds are ground, there's more chance of the omega 3 reaching the blood stream. While it's yet to be fully proven, it can still be a positive method, as it will make the prospect of getting a seed stuck in your tooth less likely.

So next time you whip up a tasty dish, whether it's a stir fry or fruit pudding, you know what to add - just do it the right way!

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