Do you know that chia seeds can help you have better control of your blood sugar and weight as a diabetic? While chia seeds can help anyone who wants to have relentless weight loss and better health, in this blog post, I will share with you 3 benefits of chia seeds for diabetics.
Chia seeds were first cultivated or used in South America, thousands of years ago. They are rich in Omega 3-fatty acids, fiber, protein , zinc, calcium and phosphorous. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, chia seeds are one of the richest plant sources of Omega3 -fatty acids.
Why are omega 3-fatty acids important? Studies have shown that omega 3-fatty acids can help to lower cholesterol, help with heart rhythms, reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure. The other benefit of omega 3-fatty acids in chia seeds includes the reduction in the risk of heart disease -related death and a lower risk deadly ischemic heart attacks.
How do chia seeds more directly help you as a diabetic? Chia seeds contain soluble fiber and mucilage . When you soak a table spoon of chia seeds in water, they swell up and become sticky. These soluble fibers in chia seeds help to lower your low density lipoproteins(LDL) (so called bad cholesterol)and slows down digestion. By slowing down digestion , chia seeds help to prevent sharp increases in blood sugar after eating. When the increase of blood sugar is modified, the release of insulin is also modified, and puts less pressure on your pancreas possibly related insulin resistance.
The other benefit of fibers in chia seeds is that they also help to make you feel more full and less hungry. This can be very helpful for a diabetic because when you feel more full, you are likely to eat less. When you eat less, you will gain less weight.
The other advantage of chia seeds are that they can be used to make almost any meal rich fibers. You can add them to a bowl of oat meal and quickly increase the grams per day of fiber that you eat. If you get bored with oatmeal and fibers, you can add to the variety of your meal by adding slices of berries and bananas. Alternatively you can simply sprinkle chia seeds in your salads, and yogurts.
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