Even with their small size, chia seeds are becoming bigger and bigger part of the health food scene, as they are full of important nutrients. They have been the main ingredient in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. In nowadays, they draw the interest of many people for their health benefits and uses in cooking.
The chia seeds are a rich source of nutrients, antioxidants, polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids), protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals.
As a superfood, they can help with weight loss, diabetes, and regulating the bad cholesterol. Unfortunately, it may bring some healthy problems, such constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, an allergic reaction as well as thinning of your blood.
Here you can find some side effects on which you should pay a specific attention when you consume them.
5 Weaknesses of Chia Seeds:
An ounce of serving of chia seeds contents nearly 11 gm fiber. Recommended fiber intake for men is 38 g and for women 25 g for the day. However, a high-fiber diet doesn’t work for every body type, as it can lead to flatulence, diarrhea and constipation.
Recommended is to eat chia seeds with a lot of water or soak them first, which makes it easier to digest them.
Blood Thinning Effect
Chia seeds can act as blood thinners, so they can help in preventing your blood from clotting. For this ability, it is important to be careful if you are already taking blood-thinning medication like warfarin. Having that in mind the chia seeds should be avoided right after a surgery to exclude any excessive bleeding.
As a good source of protein, it can cause some allergic problems. The amount of protein in a 100 gm of chia seeds is about 16.54 gm. If you are one of those people who have a nut or seed allergy, chia seeds should not be taken. For any case, you should test it.
The reactions can be from skin rashes and hives to watery eyes, diarrhea and vomiting. In addition, the people can face the repetitive coughing, difficulty swallowing and wheezing. In a case when the allergy is more severe, you may go into shock, your skin may turn pale or blue and your pulse may weaken.
When you don’t eat it roasted or pre-soaked, you run the risk of choking on them, or even more serious. It happens, because the seed when dry and unroasted absorbs as much as 27 times its dry weight in water and it turns gelatinous and expands hugely.
There are different meaning about its effects on prostate. Some research show that it decreases the risk of prostate tumor growth, but other research contradicts this, as they found that consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like chia seeds, could trigger prostate tumorigenesis in men.
The jury is still on a positive use, but it is better to hold off on binging on chia.
How to consume?
Since the superfood is still not fully understood, additional studies will show us what amount is safe for consumption by the people who don’t have health problems, but with the certain conditions like low blood pressure and high triglycerides and during the pregnancy, it is recommended to avoid them.