What is chia and is it a good source of omega-3?

Livia Ly
Nutrition & Dietetics
Chia is a plant from Mexico and Guatemala. The seed has a surprising amount of fiber (4.5 grams in a tablespoon), promoting an excellent alternative to satiate hunger. According to a study published in the Journal of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism -- adding two tablespoons of chia at breakfast helps promote fullness until lunch time. Chia also contains protein (2.2 grams in a tablespoon -- which is almost double the protein of quinoa), and the antioxidant omega 3 (which is triple the omega 3 of salmon).

Omega-3 transforms chia into a special food that can combat inflammation in the cells, leaving the body less resistant to weight loss. Chia also helps balance insulin levels. The recommendation? Two tablespoons per day: one at breakfast and another one throughout the day.

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