So while we thought chia seeds were only used to grow plant pets, apparently hipsters have been gobbling these up and sprinkling them on just about everything. Not sure how we feel about these expanding seeds and what they will do to our stomachs. The fear of exploding like Violet from Willy Wonka is real. Part of the Salvia hispanica plant (a member of the mint family), chia seeds have become increasingly prevalent in kitchens all over the country. They’ve popped up in all kinds of recipes, from sprinkling them on top of oatmeal or salads to incorporating them into pancakes and pudding.
Chia seeds come by their popularity honestly, it turns out: they are a rich source of fiber, which can help you lose weight by soaking up water and thus keeping you fuller longer. One serving of chia seeds contains 9g of fiber — 30% of the daily recommended amount! They are also high in protein, calcium, and magnesium, and, although not as rich as fish, chia seeds are a good alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids for those who don’t like seafood.
It doesn’t take much to let your body experience the goodness of these little seeds; a tablespoon is all it takes to promote better health and aid your weight loss journey.