Chia Seeds may be deemed a superfood by many people, but there are 3 things that Chia Seeds are NOT.
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NOTE: The examples in this video was meant to put across the point that Chia Seeds will not make up for whatever that is not good in a meal, they were not meant to show how Chia Seeds are typically used. Chia seeds are best taken with drinks, soups, stews and taken with lots of fluids.
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As the popularity of chia seeds grows, chia seeds are increasingly found in more and more products in the supermarket. These are the 3 things that Chia Seeds are not that I often find myself having to explain and emphasize to my patients and coachees, many of whom are taking chia seeds to better control their diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and other lifestyle/diet-related chronic conditions.
As we find more and more packaged foods in the supermarkets that have Chia Seeds included in them, many people are making the mistake of being distracted by the ‘Halo Effect’ of ‘Chia Seeds Inside’ labels on food products and not looking holistically and critically enough at the inherent healthfulness, or lack of, of any food products that they buy. Regardless of how nutritious Chia Seeds are and how often one takes chia seeds, the need to learn and practise consistently eating habits to prevent and combat chronic lifestyle diseases remain something that is imperative.
Chia Seeds do have a place in our diet, but only as part of a healthy eating habit, not in place of one.
Ever since I posted this video more than 6 months ago (Oct 2020), it has received many comments from viewers, some positive and also many negative and even angry comments. I want to thank everyone who made the effort to leave comments, regardless of whether they were positive or negative. I shall take encouragement from the positive encouraging comments but at the same time, I will also not ignore or disregard the negative comments/feedback but to take such negative feedback seriously and learn from them, then use them as motivation for me to try harder to improve and make better videos moving forward. THANK YOU ALL!
My goal for this video was simply to highlight the importance of improving all aspects of our lifestyle and diet for health and to combat chronic diseases, to remind people NOT to be distracted by the ‘Healthy Halo’ of ‘Superfoods’ such as Chia Seeds when making food choices, especially when shopping for packaged foods in supermarkets, to encourage everyone to look at the full ingredients listing of all packaged foods before buying, including food products that have ‘CHIA SEEDS INSIDE’ labels
PS. The examples in this video was meant to put across the point that Chia Seeds will not make up for whatever that is not good in a meal, they were not meant to show how Chia Seeds are typically used.
Chia seeds are a great healthy ingredient, full of nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, that I would encourage everyone to keep handy in their pantry. I use chia seeds often in my cooking, eg. sprinkling chia seeds into my beverages, soups and stews. But this video, as the title ‘3 THINGS THAT CHIA SEEDS ARE NOT’ suggest, was never intended for talking about l the different health benefits of chia seeds or the different ways to take chia seeds.
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