There have been many types of “super foods” that have been hyped by the media to provide a great deal of benefits to children and adults alike but one super food in particular is living up to all the hype surrounding it. This super food is known as the chia seeds, which are also referred to as the “Indian running food” mainly because of its history as a highly valued food by the Aztecs. The scientific name of chia seeds is Salvia Hispanica, which is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae.
Chia seeds are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), calcium, potassium, iron, and other antioxidants. It is for this reason that chia seeds are hailed as a super food which can greatly benefit children as well as adults.
For adults, the recommended daily dosage of chia seeds is 15 grams or 2 tablespoons. On the other hand, minors from the age bracket of 5 to 18 years old may consume 1.4 to 4.3 grams of chia seeds per day. However, it is still highly recommended to consult your doctor about the dosage of chia seeds that you can eat everyday since there have been reported side effects of consuming chia seeds such as gastrointestinal disruptions and chia seeds acting as allergens. In addition to this, pregnant women as well as lactating ones are not advised to eat chia seeds since there have been not enough research about what effects do chia seeds have on them.
Nevertheless, chia seeds offer a great nutritional value to one’s diet if you consume it moderately after consulting your doctor. Children and adults can have chia seeds as a healthy snack alternative to snacks that are not packed with the nutritional value of chia seeds.