What are the benefits of eating chia seeds if I have diabetes?

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Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

Benefits of eating Chia seeds if you have diabetes include:

  • Decrease in blood pressure and c-reactive protein (an inflammation marker)
  • Decrease in total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and Triglycerides
  • Increase in HDL (good) cholesterol
  • According to a study published in Diabetes Care 2007, Chia is claimed to be a low glycemic food which allows blood sugars to rise gently and avoid spikes.

 

High in protein, calcium and loaded with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. The flour made from these nutty-tasting seeds is a  great addition to a diabetes-friendly kitchen. It may lower blood sugar due to the fiber. There's some evidence in lab animal studies that chia seeds help reduce belly fat -- the kind that contributes to insulin resistance. Substitute a quarter of your regular flour with chia flour (and experiment with higher ratios) in just about any baked good. Order the flour online, find it at health food stores or grind chia seeds in a food processor.

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