If you are trying to get your daily dose of chia seeds, do not have them dry chased by water! A 39 year old man did just that recently and ended up with intense dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). It was so bad had to seek medical attention.
To get the full amount of chia seeds you should in a single day, you can try many other tasty, appealing and much safer ways to get them down.
But, Just How Many Chia Seeds Is It Safe To Eat Daily?
Generally speaking, there really isn’t a restriction on how much chia seeds you should eat per day. 20grams(or about 2 tablespoons) twice per day is, however, the commonly recommended dosage.
This may be more, depending on if you are using chia seeds as a way to improve your fibre intake, or the amount of omega-3 fatty acid and calcium in your diet.If chia seeds are an important omega-3 fatty acids source for you, then 15 to 20 grams of chia seeds will give you your daily requirement of this nutrient.
Most persons find that their bodies tolerate chia seeds very well. A problem might arise, however, where you experience digestive side effects if you are not used to consuming a lot of fibre. In that case, give your body time to adjust by starting off with smaller than the 20 grams daily and working your way up to more.
Check with your doctor if you are uncertain of how much chia seeds is right for you. Once the dosage has been agreed on, try to stick to it. The following are normal age related daily dosages of chia seeds.
- adults over 18 years old:up to 20 grams
- children between10 and 18 years old: up to 10 grams
- children under 10 years old:no more 8 grams (about 1 tablespoon)
Studies into the effects of chia seeds tend to use 25 grams (about 1 ounce)as the daily intake.
How To Get Your Daily Dosage Of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavour that will add to but not overpower the taste of foods it is used with. The seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight of water or juice when soaked, to become a thick gel-like consistency.
To use the chia seeds you do not have to grind them into powder as you would with flaxseeds.
- You can add them whole to puddings, porridges and baked goods such as muffins.
- You may even choose to eat them raw as a super nutritious snack.
- A good way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet is to just sprinkle them onto your rice, cereal, yogurt and vegetables.
- Chia seeds soaked in water make the perfect nutritional base for a wide variety of no-bake puddings.
- Chia seeds in smoothies have become quite popular, with endless possibilities as to the variations you can make.
However you have them, chia seeds give you high quality nutrients in a convenient way. They are indeed a true superfood!