For some time now, researchers have been trying to find out whether chia seeds can benefit those on a diabetic diet and as a result, also have a positive effect on the heart.
Here’s why these small, dark seeds are so good for a diabetic patient:
- Chia seeds can help control your blood sugar levels.
- The fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in chia reduce your risk of heart disease, a common condition among diabetes patients.
- The protein and fiber content keeps you feeling full without guilty calories, thus keeping your weight in check.
Moreover, recent studies that tested the effects of chia seeds on 11 healthy individuals (6 males and 5 females) noticed a marked reduction in their glycemic index (GI) count. It also showed a significantly positive reaction to their blood glucose levels.
Easy Recipe To Make Chia Bread At Home
- 2tsp dried yeast
- 31/3 cup bread flour
- 400g baker’s flour
- 1tbsp bread improver
- ½ cup chia seeds (ground or whole)
- 2tbsp skim milk powder
- 2tbsp brown rice oil or olive oil
- 1½tsp salt
- 2tbsp raw sugar or honey
- 1½ cups warm water
- Add the water, yeast and sugar in a big bowl. Mix well.
- Add the flours, salt, bread improver, oil and the chia seeds to this. Mix to make a dough.
- Grease a glass bowl and place the dough in it.
- Cover, and let it rest in a warm place for an hour or so, until it rises.
- Once it has risen, knead it again and place in a bread tin. Dampen your hands and wipe it all over the dough and let it sit for some time, so that it can rise a little again. It should rise to almost the height of the tin.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (for about 10 mins) and place the tin inside (for about 5 mins). Reduce to 175 degrees F and bake for another 25 minutes.
- Take it out of the tin and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Keep an eye on the bread and adjust the timings accordingly.