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Flax, Chia And Hemp Seeds

Flax, Chia And Hemp Seeds

They may be small, but all types of seeds are gaining huge popularity in the food marketplace. Relative to their size, they contain a high proportion of nutrients. That’s no doubt why they are attracting so much interest! Five good reasons to add them to your menu There is no such thing as a miracle food! But seeds can round out, or boost, a balanced diet. Flax, chia and hemp seeds are: A source of protein. They belong to the “meat and alternatives” food group; A source of Omega-3 fatty acids and other fats that are beneficial for your health and heart; High in fibre, which helps control blood glucose (sugar) and blood cholesterol, and promotes weight management through the satiety (fullness) effect, which reduces the feeling of hunger. Fibre also contributes to proper digestive health; Low in carbohydrates, which affect blood glucose (sugar); Versatile! Seeds can add crunch to a wide assortment of dishes and drinks! Flax seeds Flax seeds are oval and flat, and usually dark brown. There is also a yellow variety, called golden flax. You can buy flax seeds whole or ground. In addition to the nutritional benefits mentioned above, flax seeds contain lignans, nutrients with the potential to prevent certain cancers. Whole flax seeds provide 3 g of fibre per tablespoon (15 ml), more than a regular slice of whole-wheat bread. The tough shell of flax seeds make them difficult to digest. When whole, they pass intact through the digestive tract and their valuable nutrients do not get absorbed. Consequently, it is best to grind flax seeds before consuming them. Storage tips If you want to keep flax seeds for an extended period, grind the whole seeds only when you need them. Use a coffee grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle. Ground flax seeds keep for about a month wh Continue reading >>

U Of T Study Finds Chia Pet Seed Relative, Salba Seed, Has Big Health Benefits For Diabetes Patients

U Of T Study Finds Chia Pet Seed Relative, Salba Seed, Has Big Health Benefits For Diabetes Patients

The Globe and Mail reports that U of T researchers will publish a study in the U.S. journal "Diabetes Care" showing that eating the Salba seed, a cousin of the popular Chia pet seed, will have a remarkable impact on diabetes and high blood pressure. The Salba seed grown in Central and South America and used extensively by the ancient Aztecs has long been thought to have exceptional nutritional properties. The Salba seed is a variation on the popular Chia pet seed often seen growing out of the heads of pottery frogs and turtles in gift shops. Please be aware that eating your Chia pet seed will not have the same impact on your health as eating Salba seed. Dr.Vuksan, the lead researcher on the study, and Associate Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michaels' Hospital in Toronto reports that, "You simply don't see many other ingredients that can do what Salba seed can. You add this to any food, even bad food, and it will improve your health." Researchers found that the nutritional impact of the Salba seed was more consistent and significant that its relative Chia pet seed. High blood pressure is a significant problem for diabetes sufferers. The U of T study indicates when type-2 diabetes patients ate up to four teaspoons of Salba or Chia seed a day it had a major impact on high blood pressure readings. Another effect was an increase in EPA, a beneficial omega-3 fatty acid most often found in fish. These results are good news for diabetes sufferers. Salba seeds are small and almost tasteless. They can be sprinkled on cereal or salads and included in baking with no impact on the taste of the food. Working a daily dose of Salba seeds into your diet can have a real impact on improving your health. Food manufacturers have been quick to Continue reading >>

Bad Numbers & Chia Seeds

Bad Numbers & Chia Seeds

A few weeks ago, I returned from my doctor, where he exclaimed, "What happened? Your sugars are through the roof!" I was stunned, but I don't know why I should have been. Since Thanksgiving, I haven't been eating healthy and, soon after Christmas, I took a 3-week vacation and ate my way from Florida to Maine! I had gained 8 pounds. I looked my doctor in the eye and told the truth. I didn't make excuses, admitted I'd been off my food plan for several months and hadn't been testing regularly, so I had no clue what my BG trends had been. He gave me three months to get my A1C below 7 again, or he highly recommends that I go back on insulin. I was devastated. I went home, felt sorry for myself for having this horrible disease for the 100th+ time and, yes, I cried. Then I made a confession to myself: Perfectionist though I am, I am only human and, just like everyone else that struggles with diabetes, I make mistakes. It took me a few days, but I have forgiven myself, I've begun to eat healthy consistently and have even begun to regain some enthusiasm for vegetables again. My progress is slow, but I'm on track with my food plan again and some weight has been lost. I hope my BG numbers will begin to go down but, so far, they remain high. Now, what are Chia Seeds? They are the tiny, edible "Chia Pet" seeds that are incredibly high in fiber, low in carbs, a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, high in calcium and protein and help me to feel full longer and may aid in my weight loss! I learned about them from a program I watched on Netflix called, "Hungry for Change." (BTW, if you can watch this highly motivational documentary yourself, please do! Try Netflix or check out the DVD from your local library.) Since learning about this product, I purchased some Chia Seeds from Whole Foo Continue reading >>

8 Health Benefits Of Chi-chi-chia!: Blood Sugar, Belly Fat & More.

8 Health Benefits Of Chi-chi-chia!: Blood Sugar, Belly Fat & More.

Finally! I'm dedicating an entire post to this gluten-free, ancient grain that I use several times per week. Yes, this is the same chia as the "chia-pet" from the 80's. If you were a kid/teen of that ancient time, then you know what I'm talking about (wink). Chia will make any meal more joyous, in other words, "healthier". It's also one of those foods you barely notice, making it ideal to sneak into your child's food, AH-HA. Or better yet, educate them on why you've added it to their morning cereal or sprinkled it on their dinner (I like that idea even better). 1. Balances and stabilizes your blood sugar Chia slows the effect at which glucose enters the bloodstream, making it ideal for diabetics and those wanting to prevent diabetes. Do you have wild kids and find it hard to calm them down? Along with a balanced diet, managing blood sugar is CRITICAL to good behaviour, attention span and your child's mood. 2. Improves insulin sensitivity and lower insulin This means it will indirectly help with belly fat as fat in this area is associated with excess insulin (and cortisol). 3. FIBRE-RIFFIC! For all you "BranBud/ALLBRAN-lovers" out there, guess who's got more fibre than wheat bran that won't bloat your belly and is GLUTEN-FREE? You guessed it, chia. Bye-bye bran, hello chia. Bran cereals are highly refined, despite their brown colour and are missing many of the essential nutrients and all their good fat - thanks to manufacturing. GO CHIA. 4. Good fat and high omega-3 In fact, the highest omega 3 content in nature - AMAZING HUH? This makes me wanna sing chi-chi-chia everytime I eat it for this very reason. Chia seeds are one of the greatest plant sources of a fatty acid called alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). 5. Contains high amounts of tryptophan This amino acid is the precurso Continue reading >>

9 Incredible Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

9 Incredible Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

9 Incredible Health Benefits of Chia Seeds Chia is now popular in breakfast foods | siobhandolezal/Pixabay The Aztecs knew about the versatile chia seed and its energy-boosting properties centuries ago the name means strength in Mayan but only in recent years has this petite seed become a fashionable superfood, making appearances in kitchens and recipes around the world. In its country of origin, Mexico, the chia seed remains as common and cheap as ever before. Here are some of its incredible health benefits. There are really few better foods than chia seeds when it comes to getting an antioxidant boost goodness; these small black seeds are chock full of them. This is especially beneficial for your skin , as antioxidants have been proven to fight the production of free radicals that can damage skin cells and contribute to the ageing process. Chia seeds also contain essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc, iron and niacin. Petite chia seeds pack a punch Health Gauge/Flickr Chia is great for digestion. Just a small 30-gram (1-ounce) serving of these seeds boasts 11 grams (0.4 ounces) of fibre, a whopping 30% of the recommended daily intake. Eating a fibre-rich diet can, alongside helping some chronic diseases, aid your bodys ability to regulate insulin correctly and promote a healthy bowel. Furthermore, this high fibre content actually helps offset the assumed high carb content of chia seeds, meaning they can be great for low-carb diets. Fibre tends to absorb water the second it hits the stomach, and can therefore leave you feeling fuller for longer. The extremely high fibre content of chia seeds can help to curb hunger pangs for longer and you may lose weight as a result. Combine this with the presence of tryptophan (an amino acid) and you could al Continue reading >>

Studies Show That Chia Seeds Can Treat Diabetes, Boost Energy And More

Studies Show That Chia Seeds Can Treat Diabetes, Boost Energy And More

(NaturalNews) Chia is a species of flowering plant that bears oval-shaped, multicolored seeds. These seeds, which have a neutral taste and crunchy texture, have been cultivated for centuries as a survival food in their native Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds had only just begun to enjoy recognition in the United States, however, when the eccentric Californian gadget company, Joseph Enterprises, began to market them in the 1980s as "Chia Pets," which are terracotta figurines that sprouted chia. Aztec warriors treasured chia seeds for their medicinal properties, and many of these alleged properties are now being confirmed by contemporary studies. Below is a list of the health benefits attributed to chia seeds and the research that reinforces them. Rich in essential fatty acids One serving (2 ounces) of chia seeds contains approximately 11 grams of fat. Of these, 1 gram is saturated fat, while the remainder is comprised of essential polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, according to a 2005 study published in the Nutrition Research journal, chia seeds are the greatest plant-based sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that has been known to prevent cancer, lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, reduce cortisol levels and much more. Moreover, chia seeds and other foods that contain optimum omega-3/omega-6 balances are known to improve brain function, since our brains are built from the same fats. Excellent source of protein and energy According to chia expert Dr. Wayne Coates, chia seeds are comprised of at least 20 percent protein. This protein is high-quality; the amino acid score for chia seeds is 91 out of a possible 100, which dwarfs the scores of other protein-packed seed Continue reading >>

7 Diabetes Superfoods You Should Try

7 Diabetes Superfoods You Should Try

1 / 8 Embrace Superfood Diversity You probably know that salmon is a good choice if you have diabetes because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may improve your body’s ability to respond to insulin. Broccoli is another good choice because it’s high in fiber and may help to reverse the heart damage diabetes can cause. But salmon and broccoli aren’t the only superfoods for a healthy diabetes diet. "Eating a variety of different types of nutrient-dense foods creates the healthiest diet since there is no one food that provides all of the essential nutrients our body needs for optimum health," says Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE, a health, food, and fitness coach in Arizona and dietitian with the Mayo Clinic Diet online program. Liven up your meal plan and enhance your health by adding these seven good-for-diabetes foods to your shopping list. Continue reading >>

10 Foods And Drinks To Help Manage Blood Sugar

10 Foods And Drinks To Help Manage Blood Sugar

Delicious and surprising diabetes friendly food options are as close as your kitchen. When you have prediabetes or diabetes, a healthy diabetes meal plan is key to managing your blood sugar. Sometimes it can be tricky to know which foods and drinks are the best choices, but these 10 picks can help keep your numbers in check. 1. Beans (Of Any Kind!) Whether they're lentils, kidney, pinto, black or garbanzo, beans are a low glycemic index food. That means their carbohydrates are gradually released so they're less likely to cause blood sugar spikes. They're so beneficial that one recent study found that eating a daily cup of beans for three months as part of a low-glycemic index diet lowered HbA1c by half a percentage point. Try it: Swap in beans for half the meat in tacos or your favorite chili recipe. 2. Apples You might think that there's no room in a diabetic meal plan for fruit, but apples are also low glycemic. Aiming for foods that are low or medium on the glycemic index is one way to manage blood sugar levels. And eating an apple a day has its benefits – they are high in fiber, vitamin C as well as fat-free! Not to mention a portable and easy snack option. Try it: Toss an apple in your lunch bag or grab one between meals. Bake them and add cinnamon for warm treat. 3. Almonds These crunchy nuts are rich in magnesium, a mineral that may help your body use its own insulin more effectively. Try working more almonds into your diet — one ounce (about 23 whole nuts) supplies nearly 20 percent of your daily dose of this blood sugar-balancing mineral. Plus, nuts like almonds are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, and fiber, which makes them a great way to help manage blood glucose levels. Try it: For healthy snacking on-the-go, pack one-ounce portions of almo Continue reading >>

Chia Seeds, Diabetes

Chia Seeds, Diabetes

Health-food fans have been talking up chia seeds for years. Now some studies show benefit for these seeds in diabetes. Possibly, chia seeds could help you. Chia is an herb in the Lamiaceae plant family, related to mint and sage. It grows in Mexico and Central America. It is the same plant that became a fad a few years ago as a “Chia Pet.” When you water a Chia Pet, it grows a “fur” and becomes kind of cute. But we’re talking here about eating the seeds and their health benefits. Why is chia getting so much media buzz now? Writing on Diabetic Connect, Jewels Doskicz, RN, explained: “Chia seeds are a total protein” (which not many plants are). “They are high in fiber, rich in healthy omega-3s (actually higher than salmon), and are also high in calcium and antioxidants.” A report in Harvard Health Blog highlights studies of animals in which a high-chia diet led to lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and higher HDL, the good cholesterol. Eating a lot of chia also lowered triglycerides (blood fat levels). In a study of 20 humans with diabetes, one variety of seed called Salba helped participants control blood glucose, reduce blood pressure, and lower C-reactive protein, a major marker of heart disease risk. The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care. The omega-3 oils and antioxidants in chia are healthy, but the fiber content may be a bigger benefit. Chia seeds seem to slow glucose passage into the blood. They fill you up and so reduce appetite. The oils are a good energy source — Aztecs used to carry bags of them to keep going on long walks at high altitude. If you want to try chia seeds, how do you take them? A reader on the American Diabetes Association online support group asked that question and received many answers from fans of chia. One Continue reading >>

Chia Seeds Promote Weight Loss In Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

Chia Seeds Promote Weight Loss In Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

A new randomised controlled trial has found that supplementing with chia seeds may aid weight loss and lower inflammation in overweight patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers in Canada compared the weight loss effects of two different calorie-restricted diets: one including 30 g of chia seeds per day and another supplemented daily with 36 g of oat bran, which served as the control group. They assigned 58 participants to either one of the diets and had them consult with a dietitian at two weeks and then every six weeks for six months, as well as keep food records to ensure compliance. After six months, participants in the chia seed group exhibited greater improvements in the levels of an inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein, body weight, and waist circumference. Participants assigned to chia seeds lost 1.9 kg on average, albeit a modest amount of weight, but those on oat bran only saw a reduction in body weight of 0.3 kg. The change in waist circumference was slightly more significant, with a reduction of 3.5 cm around the middle for people receiving chia seeds, compared to 1.1 cm in the control group. In terms of results for C-reactive protein, chia seed supplementation resulted in a decrease in levels by 1.1 mg/l, which is a notable but smaller reduction than what was previously found. Previous RCTs also suggested that chia seeds showed effectiveness in reducing HbA1c, however, no differences in glucose control measures were reported in this new study. Chia may provide weight loss benefits by increasing levels of adiponectin, a protein involved in the breakdown of fat. Participants taking chia had a 6.5 per cent increase in adiponectin levels. The beneficial effects of chia seeds could also come directly from their high α-linolenic acid (ALA) content. ALA Continue reading >>

Chia Seeds Are Nutrient-dense But Does It Have Specific Health Benefits?

Chia Seeds Are Nutrient-dense But Does It Have Specific Health Benefits?

Chia Seeds Are Nutrient-Dense but Does It Have Specific Health Benefits? This article cites 24 scientific papers and reviews 7 popular claims. Seeds of the chia plant, Salvia hispanica, have been a prized crop in Mexico since the time of the Aztecs more than a thousand years ago. The Aztecs believed it gave them increased energy and endurance. More recent research on the pharmacologic properties of chia seed have led many to claim or believe that chia has myriad (and nearly miraculous) health benefits that include: Promoting healthy skin, bones, and muscles Supporting the heart and digestive systems Aiding in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome Below, I examine the available medical and scientific literature to see if any of these claims stand up to careful scrutiny. Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. It is native to Central and Southern Mexico and Guatemala, and was cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times. It was considered an important crop, perhaps even as important as maize. It was part of the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors, who often had to travel long distances. They believed chia seeds imparted high energy, endurance, and good health. The Aztecs also used the seeds as offerings in religious rituals, which caused them to be banned after the Spanish conquest. In his 2009 book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (1),Christopher McDougall studied the running habits of the super-athletic Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. McDougall describes how these runners consumed chia seeds while on their desert runs. The book started a flurry of articles in running magazines touting the endurance benefits of chia. Now many marathon runners swear by them. Chia seeds a Continue reading >>

11 Proven Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

11 Proven Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. Here are 11 health benefits of chia seeds that are supported by human studies. Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint. This plant grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy... in fact, "chia" is the ancient Mayan word for "strength." Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognized as a modern day superfood. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. Don't be fooled by the size... these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1, 2): Fiber: 11 grams. Protein: 4 grams. Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s). Calcium: 18% of the RDA. Manganese: 30% of the RDA. Magnesium: 30% of the RDA. Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA. They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. This is particularly impressive when you consider that this is just a single ounce, which supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate! Just so that we're all on the same page, 1 ounce equals 28 grams, or about 2 tablespoons. Interestingly... if you subtract the fiber, which may not end up as usable calories for the body, chia seeds only contain 101 calories per ounce. This makes them one of the world's best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie. To top things off, chia seeds are a "whole grain" f Continue reading >>

5 Great Reasons To Eat Chia Seeds

5 Great Reasons To Eat Chia Seeds

Chia seeds come from a member of the mint family calledsalvia hispanicaand is native to Mexico and Central America.In fact, theAztecs didnt just appreciatethe cocoa bean, they also loved the chia seed. Chia seeds are a unique food, providing benefitswhile not making much of an impact onblood sugar levels. Here are 5 Great Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds Chia seeds are a source of complete protein. If youre looking for some vegetarian sources of protein to add into your diet, chia seeds contain a little over 4 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons (about an ounce) and happen to contain all the essential amino acids we all require daily. Great source of fiber. Chia seeds have about 1 gram of fiber for every gram of carbohydrate which results in a net carbohydrate count of nearly zero. This low-carb food is a great way to add fiber into our diets. Women generally need about 25 grams of fiber per day and mean at least 30 grams per day. Chia seeds provide about 10 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoon serving. Easy to incorporate into diet. Chia seeds dont need much special preparation. You can toss the in cereal, oatmeal, salads, smoothies, shakes, and make them into chia seed pudding. They can be eaten instantly or soaked a few minutes in a liquid which will quickly become gelatinous with enough chia seeds per amount of liquid. You can bake with them as well. If you dont like their texture, you can purchase ground chia seed powder to use in foods. Excellent source of healthy fats. Chia seeds contain theessential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid. These omega-3 fats help fight inflammation,maintainhealthy blood pressure levels, andkeepLDL or bad cholesterol down. Unique benefits for women. Dr. Terry Wahls said in an interview that eating chia seed pudding is great for my micr Continue reading >>

The Best 10 Delicious Diabetic Smoothie Recipes

The Best 10 Delicious Diabetic Smoothie Recipes

For a long time, people living with diabetes didn’t get to enjoy many delicious options due to diet restrictions. But not anymore. Today, I’m giving you my best 10 smoothie recipes especially crafted for diabetics. They are ideal for you, whether you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic. My parents are diabetic and most of my extended family has diabetes too. We had to learn to live with it, and we've found smoothies to be a great solution - provided we chose the right ingredients, as I'll show you here. Fighting Diabetes Type 2 ? I've gotten several enthusiastic recommendations from followers who tried the "Reverse Diabetes Today" program. Note: it's now on a special 50% off promo, so grab it while the promo is still up. It’s important that through my experience, you’ll have a helpful new tool to live a wholesome life. You can now develop a meal plan with diabetic smoothies being a part of your everyday diet. ​My mother used to complain that her meals were boring. She would skip meals everyday, which caused her agony, as her blood sugar levels would decrease so rapidly. And now, with these smoothies, she’s always looking forward to her meal times. Her sugar levels are stable and she’s never been happier.​ Want to lose weight with smoothies? How smoothies can be good for Diabetes You may have thought that smoothies are laden with sugar. It’s true for many store-bought options, but at home you’re in perfect control. This is what prompted me to look up recipes to make low sugar, diabetic friendly smoothies. The best part?​ These are more than delicious treats. They are low calorie recipes for healthy smoothies to help you lose weight. You’ll appreciate how quick they are to make, especially on those days you’re too busy to cook or too lazy. Other days Continue reading >>

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Chia Seeds If I Have Diabetes?

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Chia Seeds If I Have Diabetes?

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins and minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements. Continue reading >>

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