Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chia Seed May aid in Diabetes Management

Chia seeds as an addition to the diet for people with diabetes has been shown by research to have benefits by helping blood sugar control, reducing insulin resistance and improving blood lipids. Chia seeds are more popularly know in the U.S. by the chia plants grown on clay pots and referred to as "chia pets".

Chia was cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times, and was so valued that it was given as an annual tribute by the people to the rulers. It is still widely used in Mexico and South America, with the seeds ground for nutritious drinks and as a food source.

Chia seeds provide an omega-3 fat known as alpha linolenic acid and a heaping whallop of 10 grams of fiber (wow! My bread is only 4 grams a slice). The fiber in Chia seeds reduce the absorption of carbs into the body to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Great source fo chia seeds: Chia Herbal Seeds Capsules

Sources: Wikepedia and Mix Newsletter

Ground chia seed can be used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.

More information on diabetes management and sugar control at Diabetes and Sugar Management

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