Healthy Food Tip
Can you tell me about chia seeds.
At this time, we do not feature chia seeds on our website; however, even though a food isn’t featured on our website, that doesn’t mean it can’t be included as part of the Healthiest Way of Eating.
In the meantime, we do have some information on this nutritious food to share with you.
Chia seeds are a concentrated source of the essential omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s SR19 Nutrient Database, one ounce of chia seeds contains about 5 grams of this healthy fat. Chia seeds do not contain EPA or DHA, two other essential omega-3 fats. You can learn more about ALA, EPA, and DHA and their food sources from our omega-3 fatty acids article. This article will also answer your questions about the differences in the omega-3 fats that are found in plants (e.g., flax and chia) versus fish. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84
Chia seeds are also rich in dietary fiber: one ounce contains 9.8 grams, which means they can help promote healthy digestion and bowel movements like other fiber containing foods. Like all seeds, chia contains significant amounts of minerals and a variety of vitamins as well. Because they are very small seeds that we typically don’t eat in large amounts, chia seeds do not provide us with large amounts of protein, even though they do contain a good bit of protein in relation to their size.
You can learn more about the nutrient content of chia seeds at the USDA nutrient database via this link: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3673
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