HOW TO EAT CHIA SEEDS:
The Right Way to Eat Chia Seeds and the Wrong Way to Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a superfood with many health benefits and chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Despite being rich in nutrients, there is a potential health threat associated with eating chia seeds if they are not prepared correctly.
It was reported by US’s Women’s Health magazine that a 39-year-old man suffered intense dysphagia (had difficulty swallowing) after consuming a tablespoon of dry chia seed along with a gulp of water. He previously had a medical history of intermittent dysphagia, and things worsened after he ingested the chia seeds-water mixture. Because dry chia seeds can expand multiple times their size in liquid, swallowing dry chia seeds can cause obstruction of the esophagus.
The safer way to eat chia seeds is to first soak chia seeds in water before consuming them. This eases their movement in digestive track and helps your body absorb the chia seed nutrients. To reap the health benefits of chia seeds, here are some great recipe ideas: