Pros & Cons: Chia Seeds

by Z Living Staff

Chia seeds have been around for long, but were recognized as a superfood only recently. A favorite with vegans, they’re used in all kinds of food preparations today—right from smoothies, to salads, jams, puddings and muffins. But before you pick them up at the supermarket, weigh out their pros and cons.

Pros:

  • They are high in fiber and keep you feeling full for longer.
  • When mixed with water, they form a gel that aids in digestion.
  • They are high in calcium, magnesium and boron, which keep your bones strong.
  • The gluten-free protein in these seeds helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

 Cons:

  • People allergic to mustard seeds could be allergic to chia, as they come from the same family. The allergic reaction can trigger rash, watery eyes and swelling of the throat.
  • They also have a blood thinning effect, leading you to bleed more if you get a cut.
  • The high fiber content could sometimes lead to bloating and gas, if consumed in excess.
  • According to recent studies, chia seeds could cause a drop in diastolic blood pressure. That means if you have normal-to-low BP, consuming chia could drop it even more, making you feel dizzy.

 

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