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6 Reasons to Include Chia Seeds in Your Diet

Everyone seems to be eating them and it’s all they’re talking about, especially now since it’s rumored that Taylor Swift lost 10 pounds in a month by adding these into her morning shakes. See, chia seeds make you feel full because when they’re in water (or your stomach) they absord liquid and expand, filling you up. Along with making you full they’re loaded with nutrients that are important for your body and brain to function. Here are 6 other reasons to include chia seeds into your diet (if you don’t already):

1.   Almost all the carbs are fiber.

An ounce of chia seeds has about 12 grams of carbohydrates but 11 of those are fiber, which means it isn’t digested by the body. According to Authority Health, chia seeds are 40 percent fibre making them the best source of fiber in the world!

2.   Lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Chia seeds have been linked to lowering blood pressure in diabetics, and increase healthy cholestrol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholestrol. Take it from us collegiette, that’s pretty important!

3.   Loaded with antioxidants.

Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer. It’s even been said that chia seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries, so I’d say add these to your breakfast over blueberries, or just add both!

4.   Give many nutrients with very few calories.

Did you know that “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”? If there’s anything you need to be eating everyday, it’s chia seeds. They contain fiber, protein, healthy fat, calcium, magnese, magnesium, phosphorus, and decent amounts of vitamin B2. Now that’s what I call strength!

5.   Great source of protein.

Chia seeds are 14 percent protein, which gives you about 5 grams in just one tablespoon. Protein is essential in weightloss because it reduces your appetite and and thoughts about food. Add a tablespoon to your morning oatmeal, yogurt, or shake to start the day off right. 

6.   Large amounts of Omega-3

Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3’s, which is super important for brain function. They even contain more Omega-3’s than salmon!

What do you think collegiettes? Will you be adding chia seeds to your diet?

Vermont native. Salt Lake City resident. Ellie Briggs is currently majoring in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at the University of Utah. She is serving as the Campus Correspondent, Co-President, and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Utah, along with Mietra Aarabi. When Ellie is not focusing on her studies, writing, or editing countless articles, you can find her brunching with her sister and laughing at her own jokes. Follow her on Instagram @elliebriggs and Twitter @ellbriggs - she promises you won't get bored!
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