Chia seeds have gotten quite the hype in the last few years. In the running and endurance athletics
community they have definitely become a hot commodity since their introduction in the book Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall. In the book, the super-athletic Indians in Mexico consumed chia seeds while on
their desert runs and were provided with surges of energy during and after. So are chia seeds really the next
promised super food?
When looked at scientifically, chia seeds do have a lot of benefits. To start with, Chia seeds have a high
amount of protein, and they contain the minerals calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, all of which are
essential for keeping our bones strong. Of the many plants that we eat for food, chia seeds have the highest
amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for brain health. In addition to this, they are rich in
antioxidants, which may protect our bodies from diseases like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Chia seeds are definitely nutritious, but some dieters may expect more than that. The seeds are
extremely high in fiber. The fiber content soaks up water and causes them to expand, and this expansion is
believed to make stomachs full, so chia seeds are believed to help people lose weight. However, there are
few published studies that prove chia seeds’ benefit for weight loss, so stories about their weight-loss
properties should be taken with a grain of salt.
If you’re thinking about trying chia seeds for nutritional purposes, how do you add them to your diet?
The easiest way is to add them to everything and anything. The seeds are tasteless so they won’t affect the
flavor profile of your food. They can be sprinkled whole on top of salads or toast or added milled to
smoothies and even to ice cream.
Chia seeds may not look like much, but _______________.
【題組】50. What is suggested when we consume chia seeds?
(A) They can be eaten whole or milled.
(B)Taking too much may lead to stomachache.
(C) They need to be well-cooked before served.
(D)They are tasteless, so mix with sugar to add flavor