Made famous by the furry chia pet plants from decades ago (and used as battle fuel by the ancient Mayans), these little seeds are today considered a superfood: extremely high in fiber (5 grams per tablespoon!), omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and antioxidants.
Healthwise, chia seeds are shown to lower bad cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol (known as HDL), while improving digestive health and regulate blood sugar. Consumers often add chia seeds to cereal and yogurt and stir them into drinks and health shakes. Food manufacturers use chia seeds as the main ingredients in a variety of beverages and snack bars.