Chia seeds – to soak or not to soak?

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Chia are one seed that our bodies can break down without grinding first. You’ll notice once you add water to them that they will go gooey. This ‘mucilaginous’ consistency is one of their great virtues, and what helps to set ‘cheesecakes’ and puddings. If you don’t like this texture then have them away from liquid. Just be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards as they absorb around 9-10 times their weight in water. They swell up in our tummy keeping us full for longer. This action also slows down the conversion of carb’s’ to sugar, so great for weight loss, balancing blood sugar and diabetics. If you have diverticulitis or other bowel problems then start off on 10g a day until your bowel is used to this mucilaginous fibre. You can slowly increase to 30g. Drink more water than yu usually do if you’re including chia in your diet. #ChiaWeek

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