Remember those ch-ch-ch-chia commercials? Well, chia seeds have come a long way since the days of terracotta Chia “pets.” You’ve probably seen delicious-looking puddings and smoothies made with chia seeds popping up on your Instagram feed a lot recently.Chia seeds have even been called a superfood in recent years. Claims abound about the health benefits, including that they may help you lose weight.
But can they really help shrink your waistline? Read on to find out.Chia is actually a member of the mint family and native to Mexico. Chia seeds are consumed like whole grains,
but they’re a pseudo grain. That means they’re the carbohydrate-rich seeds of a nongrass plant. When chia seeds encounter liquid, they expand and form a thick gel.
Chia seeds were said to be a staple of Aztec and Mayan diets, but were later banned because of their ritualistic religious use. Over the last century or so, they’ve enjoyed a minor following,