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What Happens If You Eat Chia Seeds Every Day?

What Happens If You Eat Chia Seeds Every Day?

Chia seeds are remarkably healthy for such a tiny item. It’s believed that chia seeds were first used as food in Mexico around 3500 BC. Aztecs and Mayans ate them for energy and the word “chia” meant “strength” in the ancient Maya language. Today, they are found all over the world and are revered for their incredible nutritional value.

You need to soak chia seeds in water or milk before consuming them because it helps you digest them and reap the full nutritional value they provide. When chia seeds absorb liquid, it makes a gel-like texture consistency. This means that as well as the ever-popular chia seed pudding, they can be used as an egg replacement or to thicken baked goods and sauces. I will show you how to make chia seed pudding later but first let’s look at the health benefits derived from chia seeds.

Medicinal Benefits Of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are packed full of goodness. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds will give women 44% of their daily recommended fiber and men 29%. They are also known for containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and protein. Chia seeds are rich in many minerals too: calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, iron, and selenium. Let’s look at why these nutrients are so important and what they will do for your body.

  • Fiber helps to keep our colon healthy by cleaning it, removing waste and toxins. It also slows down the process of sugar being absorbed into the bloodstream. Fiber is useful in managing weight too because it keeps you feeling full for longer.
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are classified as essential fats because they can only be obtained from your diet, meaning your body can’t produce them. A low intake of Omega-3 has been linked to inflammation and chronic diseases. Omega-6 mostly provides the body with energy but also supports the immune system.
  • Protein is an essential building block of bones, muscles, and skin. It’s found in every cell of the body and is the second-largest component of cells after water! We need protein for everything we do and for the body to function properly. It allows oxygen to be carried throughout the body and it helps to repair tissue damage too.
  • Chia seeds contain more than four times the amount of calcium than milk. If you make a chia seed pudding or smoothie and mix them with milk (or plant-based milk fortified with calcium) as your soaking agent this makes an even more potent dish. Calcium is found in our bones and teeth so it’s important to maintain calcium levels to keep them healthy.
  • Approximately 60% of magnesium is found in our bones, making it important for bone health. It also plays a vital role in turning food into energy and even helps with the absorption of other minerals.
  • Manganese is known as a trace mineral and is found in small amounts in the bones, pancreas, liver, and kidneys. It supports brain function and a healthy nervous system. It also aids in the production of certain enzymes and antioxidants.
  • Copper is also a trace mineral and is essential for the nervous system and immune system. It is also needed in a number of processes including the synthesis of collagen. It helps maintain the heart’s muscle tone too.
  • Phosphorus is most commonly associated with bone health. It works with calcium to build bones. However, phosphorus has a wide range of roles to keep various body parts working including the kidneys, blood vessels, bones, and muscles.
  • Iron is an important mineral that helps transport oxygen around the body. In fact, around 70% of your body’s iron lives in red blood cells. Too little iron in the body leads to anemia. The immune system also relies on iron so it’s necessary for our general well-being.
  • Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and is an essential mineral that must be obtained through food. It has many benefits for the body but most notably in supporting your metabolism and thyroid function.

Which Diseases Can Chia Seeds Help prevent?

Thanks to all of the nutrients found in chia seeds, if you eat them every day you will lower your risk of developing certain diseases including:

  • Diabetes – helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Heart Disease – lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and promotes healthy blood sugar levels
  • Cancer – has antioxidants that fight free radicals
  • Metabolic Syndrome – improves blood sugar levels
  • Osteoporosis – builds bone strength

Possible Side Effects Of Eating Chia Seeds Every Day

While chia seeds have many health benefits, some of these nutrients can have a negative effect if you consume too much and impact people with certain medical conditions adversely. For most healthy people, eating chia seeds every day in moderation will not be harmful in any way and they will enjoy all the benefits.What Happens If you Eat Chia Seeds Every Day Benefits

The first factor to consider is fiber. Yes, fiber is essential for our bodies, but there are some points to note:

  • Drink lots of water to help digest fiber and always soak chia seeds in water or milk before eating them
  • Too much fiber can cause constipation, bloating, or diarrhea
  • If you have an inflammatory bowel disease you may need to limit fiber intake during a flareup

Another factor to consider is chia seeds can reduce blood sugar levels. If you are taking insulin for diabetes, you may need to talk to your doctor. This is because they would have calculated the dosage according to your body and if your blood sugar decreases over time they may need to make an adjustment for you.

How To Make Chia Seed Pudding

I’m going to show you how to make chia seed pudding today. This versatile recipe is simple to make and you can use this as a base and add fruit and spices if you like. A single serving (½ of the portion in this recipe) will contain 220 calories.

IngredientsWhat Happens If you Eat Chia Seeds Every Day - Side Effects
  • 4 Tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • ½ Tablespoon of honey (or sweetener of your choice)
Equipment
  • Jar with a tight lid
  • Spoon
Method
  1. Place 4 tablespoons of chia seeds into a small jar.What Happens If you Eat Chia Seeds Every Day - Step 1
  2. Pour in 1 cup of milk. This can be any type of milk, whether it’s your favorite plant-based milk or animal product.What Happens If you Eat Chia Seeds Every Day - Step 2
  3. Add ½ tablespoon of honey (or your favorite sweetener) and stir well.
  4. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir it again, removing any clumps.What Happens If you Eat Chia Seeds Every Day - Step 4
  5. Place your lid on the jar and place it in the fridge.
  6. Leave it for at least 2 hours to allow the chia seeds to fully absorb the milk and expand. It’s also a really easy breakfast to prepare the night before and you can leave them overnight in the fridge.

You can enjoy it as a quick and nutritious breakfast, a snack, or a healthy dessert. It keeps well in the fridge for up to one week, as long as your milk isn’t due to expire before that time. While on the topic of milk, you can also add more milk if you want your pudding runnier.

What Happens If you Eat Chia Seeds Every Day - Serve

You can add fruit for added flavor and nutrition, which you just add to the chia seed pudding when you’re ready to eat it. You can use frozen berries, nectarines, or any fruit of your choosing. Chia seeds don’t have a distinctive flavor so most people add fruit and/or spices to chia seed pudding. It’s really very flexible and pairs well with just about any fruit and is lovely with vanilla extract, cinnamon, or nutmeg. By adding fruit you really are complementing the chia seeds too which are high in minerals but low in vitamins. This makes it a very well-rounded and healthy dish and an excellent addition to your daily diet routine.

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33 Comments

  • Eliza Posted September 23, 2021 12:21 pm

    I’m trying this tonight, thank you so much for sharing!

  • bobbi Posted September 23, 2021 3:18 pm

    Can you add chia seeds to oatmeal? Like overnight oats? I am not sure I could just eat the pudding as is, lol. I am thinking I would need more substance wit a little pudding?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 23, 2021 4:21 pm

      Hi Bobbi,

      Yes, definitely. These magical little seeds will gel up in the oats to make them creamy and thick.

      Just add one teaspoon of chia seeds to your bowl or jar with the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir until it’s all combined.
      Leave it for at least 2 hours to allow the chia seeds to fully absorb the milk and expand.

      Top your overnight oats with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

      • Deborah Posted September 24, 2021 12:07 am

        So I can’t get away with just cooking them up in my porridge, without soaking first?

    • Arthur Russell Posted September 23, 2021 4:23 pm

      I add 2 tablespoons to my oatmeal along with a spoon of whipped honey with cinnamon (from Savannah Bee Company) every day.

    • Sherry A Duvall-Coday Posted September 23, 2021 5:33 pm

      Yes, I put it in my overnight oats and it works great!

      • Kt Posted September 23, 2021 9:15 pm

        Woukd these seeds be bad to eat with someone who has diviticulitus ?

  • Monica Posted September 23, 2021 3:20 pm

    I use mine in homemade bread…🍞

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 23, 2021 4:24 pm

      Hi Monica,

      That is also a very good recipe and an easy way to get chia seeds into your diet. The nutrient profile of chia gives the bread a great nutritional boost.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • tanya Posted September 23, 2021 3:23 pm

    When will I receive my books?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 23, 2021 4:11 pm

      Hi Tanya,

      Thank you for purchasing “The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies”.
      Please check your email address. I sent you an email regarding your book order.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Marilyn C. Mills Posted September 23, 2021 5:14 pm

    This article was very informative, thank you for sharing. I’ve often wondered what else to do with my chia seeds, other than just adding to my smoothies or oatmeal. My only issue was that they seemed to me so hard and I was concerned about absorption. This pudding recipe is something I will definitely try TODAY a change from my normal snack of fruit and Greek yogurt.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 28, 2021 4:26 pm

      Hi Marilyn,

      Thank you for your comment.
      We are glad to hear you liked the article.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Charolette Williams Posted September 23, 2021 7:13 pm

    So the smoothie receipt I have been using just says to add 1/2 a tsp, but it says nothing about soaking first. So you’re saying I need to soak them before putting in my smoothie to get the benefits; correct?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 28, 2021 4:29 pm

      Hi Charolette,

      There seems to be much debate as to whether you need to soak chia seeds before eating. There is nothing wrong with eating them straight, but if you soak them first, they will release the enzyme inhibitors that are used to protect the seed.

      Not only does this make them much easier to digest, but it also helps increase the amount of nutrients your body is able to absorb. To get the most nutrients out of your food and to maximize the potential benefits of chia seeds, try soaking them before adding them to a recipe or smoothie. Either way, though, they’re still an excellent source of nutrition.

      Many blessings and good health!

      • KT Posted October 4, 2021 1:02 pm

        How long do the seeds need to soak for a smoothie?

  • Carol Posted September 23, 2021 7:25 pm

    Can I add the chia seed to my dogs meals for the omega 3 & 6 benefit.
    I would soak them first.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 28, 2021 4:33 pm

      Hi Carol,

      Yes, you can give chia seeds to your dog. Is it recommended to soak the seeds before serving them.

      Try to introduce chia seeds slowly and monitor the amount your dog eats as the seeds are high in fiber and calories.

      Many blessings and good health!

    • Holly S Posted October 9, 2021 9:19 am

      I’ve been adding them to our dogs homemade food for over a year . I didn;t know about soaking them , first. I usually just put some in with a bit of water before I warmit up. I’ve also alternate with quinoa and shelled hempseeds. seems good for them.

  • Jack Posted September 23, 2021 9:53 pm

    I soak mine in coconut water, and I also add ground flax seed to it.I let it sit overnight and add fruit to it ,like strawberrys and blueberries or top it off with organic juice ,then blend it in my nutribullet.It makes your morning bowel movements a pleasure.

  • Pat N Posted September 23, 2021 10:05 pm

    Why 1/2 Tablespoon? this would require using both the teaspoon and the half-teaspoon. Just use 2 teaspoons? or a full Tablespoon of sweetener….

  • Irene Posted September 23, 2021 11:31 pm

    When will I receive my book? I am assuming it was a hard copy I ordered and paid for.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 24, 2021 3:00 pm

      Hi Irene,

      Thank you for your interest in our work.
      Please check your email address. I sent you an email regarding your order.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • David Posted September 23, 2021 11:58 pm

    It does taste like a pudding. I sprinkled some cinnamon on it and it tasted good. The consistency reminds me of Tapioca pudding.

  • Kenneth Blake Posted September 24, 2021 1:01 am

    Is it OK to grind chia seeds without soaking them?

  • Phoebe Posted September 24, 2021 3:50 am

    We should always soak Chia seeds. Chia seeds are quite hard and sharp and can poke holes in the lining of the gut, leading to leaky gut. I sometimes make my chia pudding with coconut milk which I blend with blueberries then add honey and chia seeds before putting in the fridge overnight. Yum!

  • Nancy Posted September 24, 2021 5:12 pm

    Are chia seeds as effective if ground and added to smoothies, oatmeal, etc.

  • Ben Posted September 26, 2021 2:12 am

    I don’t think that its critical that they be soaked. They break down much more easily than flax seeds. They can be eaten straight ir sprinkled fresh over cereals too.

  • David Posted September 27, 2021 4:48 pm

    I’m having trouble with the Chia seeds causing migraine aura. I have a long history with migraines and problems with nuts, seeds, some foods, whey and sometimes poor sleep or stress will cause them. Caffeine definitely causes them but once they occur caffeine can cause them to go away after around 30 minutes.
    I don’t know what could possibly be in Chia seeds that would cause auras?

  • Erika Posted September 29, 2021 9:50 am

    Very nice to read the recipe and benefits of chia seed.
    Same time I have another question: I have purchased your book “The Book of Lost Remedies” 12 September (already 17 days ago) and have still heard nothing about the shipment. I do hope it is going to be posted soon.

    Best regards,
    ER

    • The Lost Herbs Posted October 5, 2021 2:41 pm

      Hi Erika,

      Thank you for your interest in our work.
      Please check your personal email. I sent you an email regarding your book order.

      Many blessings and good health!

  • Megan Posted September 30, 2021 3:28 pm

    Loved this particular post and recipe! Thank you.

  • moon510 Posted September 30, 2021 4:05 pm

    1. Can Chia seeds be grounded (and then soaked to expand or is that unnecessary as it is grounded and not a whole seed)? 2. After soaking or grounding can I cook it/bake to make egg pudding (using heat for recipes — will heating be less nutritious)?

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