2. Soluble fibre for gut health
Chia seeds are a great source of fibre and are very low in insulin spiking carbohydrates.
A 28g serving (roughly 2 tablespoons) provides 10g fibre which provides 40% of your recommended daily intake.
Chia seeds can absorb up to 12x their weight in water so they help to keep you feel fuller for longer.
Almost half of a 30g chia seed is carbohydrates (13g), what’s important though is that 12 of those 13 grams are soluble fibre which slows the digestion of the energy.
Fibre is very different from other carbohydrate types (like sugar) as it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels. This means you don’t experience a rapid energy level spike and instead can enjoy a more sustained release of energy from your food.
Further, this type of carbohydrate does not require insulin to be processed by your body and supports the growth of good bacteria in your gut acting as a prebiotic.
3. High-quality complete protein, helps weight loss.
Chia is packed with protein! Around 14% of the chia seed is protein, which is far higher than other plants.
The benefits of chia seed protein come from its amino acid profile. Amino acids are what protein is built from and the different ratios dictate the quality of the protein and how our body can use it. Most plant sources of protein lack a complete amino acid profile for our bodies to use. Chia seeds, however, contain a complete amino acid profile similar to meat, making them an excellent source of protein to help keep your body strong.
Protein also suppresses your appetite and keeps you feeling fuller for longer, meaning it can reduce your desire for snacking which is always helpful.