My chia & cacao soya pudding didn’t go quite to plan! Added too much soya. Twelve hours later....runny & lumpy. Still tasty though! Cacao gives it a nice chocolate flavour & is full of antioxidants & minerals.
I love these beautiful little seeds! So simple to add to almost any food. I grind mine slightly first, but you don’t need to.
Chia is related to the mint family & thought to have first been used by the Aztecs in Central America & frequently used in Aztec diets. The seed is derived from a desert plant that is plentiful in the area. In fact, "chia" is the ancient Mayan word for "strength”. Rich with nutrients & low in calories chia seeds contain copper, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and calcium, plus vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2. They also contain fibre, protein (by weight, they’re about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants), fats, omega-3 fatty acids, & antioxidants.
Apparently most of the carbs in chia seeds are actually fibre. The digestible carb content is only one gram per ounce (28g) which is very low. This makes chia a low-carb friendly food, & because they turn to a kind of gel in your stomach they help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Unsurprisingly health claims include weight loss, benefit for heart health, bone health, reduction in blood sugar levels, help with constipation & a reduction in chronic inflammation.
However!! Stay hydrated or they may cause obstruction (unlikely but possible!!)And be aware that some studies suggest excess chia consumption may cause abdominal discomfort, low blood pressure & bleeding problems, overstimulation of drugs that control blood sugar, allergies in some, & suggested avoidance if pregnant.
So stick to recommended dose (1-2 tablespoons a day for adults) & discuss any concerns with your GP, dietician or pharmacist.