Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chia The seed That Helps Lose Weight.

What is Chia?

Salvia hispanica, commonly known 

as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, 

Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and 

Guatemala.The 16th century Codex Mendoza provides evidence 

that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; 

economic historians have suggested that it was as important as 

maize as a food crop. It is still used in Mexico and Guatemala, 

with the seeds sometimes ground, while whole seeds are used for 

nutritious drinks and as a food source


The main components are the omega 3 - in higher content than that found in flaxseed. also has fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and protein.

Helps lose weight because ...

According to nutritionist Flávia Cyfer the chia acts on three different fronts that help in weight loss
 Cause satiety: "Its seeds are mucilaginous, meaning rich in fiber. On contact with water to form a gel in the stomach. Before this reaction, digestion becomes slower. Accordingly, the individual is more satisfied quickly and then starts to consume smaller portions. "
Fights inflammation: "fat is a result of an inflammatory process in the body, which stops sending messages of satiety to the brain. With that, you lose control over hunger about to eat and never feel satisfied. Omega 3 The present in the grain combat this inflammation, helping the body regain control over your appetite. "

 Detoxifies: "fiber regulates intestinal transit and cleans the body through the stool."

Other benefits:

Besides helping the body to get in shape, chia assists in lowering cholesterol, controlling blood glucose levels, aids in bone formation, prevents premature aging and improves the body's immunity.


Anyone can eat the seed. However, due to the high calorie, the excess can lead to weight gain. So to lose weight, eat only the amount indicated on the matter.

How to consume?

"While the American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 

grams of fiber each day, unfortunately the average American only 

gets 12 to 15 grams. With nearly 11 grams of fiber per ounce, chia 

delivers 42% of your recommended daily value of fiber in a single 

serving. Fiber is vital for all aspects of health, and is especially 

key for weight loss and digestion. Fiber helps slow digestion and 

makes you feel fuller by soaking up fluid and expanding in your 

digestive tract. 

Chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb 

your appetite, so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your 

diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density 

(or calories) of foods, plus double the amount of fiber you