What happens after I’ve swallowed chia?
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When chia reaches the digestive liquids of your stomach, it swells and forms a gel. This gel slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbohydrates into sugar.
Time: Gelling chia seeds takes time! Recipes like chia pudding are best when chia sits in liquid for a few hours, or even overnight. If you want your chia seeds to have that gel-like consistency, they need to sit for a minimum of 20 minutes to absorb the liquid. Be patient!
Confession: I eat chia seeds every day. I feed them to my children. They make me feel full and satisfied and, yes, I’m a sucker for foods touted as “super” even though I know deep down its just marketing.
I may be crazy, but I’m also trendy: chia seeds are everywhere, in energy bars and smoothies, atop yoghurt parfaits and at the core of crunchy kid snacks
Eating Chia Seeds Can Be a Choking Risk
Though they’re safe for most people, chia seeds may cause an increased risk of choking. So make sure you consume them carefully, especially if you have difficulty swallowing.