|The Chia Seed really stands out among other types of seeds!
No other seed posesses such hydrophilic properties. (hydrophilic: attracted to water) The micro fibers on the outer coating of the seed allow it to absorb NINE times its own weight in water. This is extremely beneficial for anyone who eats the seed, for a number of reasons.
But how does it work?
See the diagram below for a closer look at a Chia seed. The seed in this image is many, many times larger than a real Chia seed. The actual Chia seed is about the size of a poppy seed, but it has no flavor.
|With this "magnified" view you can see how the fibers of the seed are raised when exposed to water (or any other liquid) The gray area represents the rough size of the bead of gel that forms when liquid gets trapped by these unique fibers.|
|The Chia Seed's outer shell is always patterned, and can be either gray and tan or brown and black, depending on the type of chia plant. The shell is made of insoluble fiber, also known as 'roughage' and it acts as a sweeper in the digestive tract to promote regularity. As the seed is digested, the coating softens making it especially safe to eat.|
|The outside of the Chia seed is covered in tiny micro-fibers. When the seed is wet, these nearly-invisibly tiny fibers stand on end and begin trapping liquid. This property is so amazing, it can hold 9 times the weight of the seed in water! This action causes a bead of gel to form around the seed.|
|When you wet a Chia seed and wait about 10 minutes you'll see|
|A bead of gel form. This has the consistancy of a gelatin snack, and is difficult to remove from the seed's outer surface. It's held there by the unique micro-fibers on the seed's outer shell. This liquid is only removed slowly by the digestive system, so it keeps the colon hydrated while releasing electrolytes and nutrients.|
What do Chia Seeds look like in action?
|And here they've been allowed to form a gel. What looks like a bead of water surrounding the seeds is actually attached to them. The seeds have absorbed the water and turned it into the clear gel you see in the spoon.|
|With this photo you can see the true size of the seeds, in a common spoon. Here, they're dry...||This glass only has ONE teaspoon of chia seeds in it. Dry, they wouldn't even cover the bottom. But when gelled, see how much of the glass they fill? It's this amazing property that benefits you when you eat them!|
|Water retaining benefits of the Chia Seed for you:
1. Keep the entire digestive process hydrated:
2. Calorie Replacement:
3. Two kinds of fiber means better digestion for you
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