Has anyone ever heard of eating chia seeds? Yes...like Chia Pet seeds. I have a coworker who started eating them a couple months ago and claims that he eats them because they are an energy booster. I thought it was weird (and definitely gross) and just kind of forgot about it. Well today at lunch he was eating them again and we were asking him questions about them (taste, texture, serving size, etc.) and he mentioned that they are beneficial for people with diabetes. That got me interested! I googled it and found a lot of information (most of it I haven't been able to read yet). Here's a link to a site that describes whey they are beneficial to people with diabetes:
It is kind of a long article and I haven't read the whole thing, but here is one reason why I think it might help:
"The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar."
The gel that it is talking about is made by mixing the seeds with water and letting them sit for 30 minutes.
It seems like an interesting concept, and besides the fact that it claims to slow carb digestion, chia seeds also have a wide range of other health benefits. Has anybody heard of this? Do you think it's worth a try?