There is some variation of opinions about how much chia seeds to eat a day. Some authorities suggest that 20 grams a day is the optimum amount while others propose that twice that amount is optimal, divided into two servings. Another school of thought suggests that chia seeds should be substituted for processed, white flour in the diet.
Although there is a consensus that chia seeds are indeed a superfood, there are certain groups of individuals that need to be cautious about their intake. These are:
-people who have digestive issues that cause them to have a limited tolerance for fiber.
-individuals with food allergies may not be able to eat chia seeds.
-chia seeds may be contraindicated for those on high blood pressure medications.
– someone on medication to thin the blood may not be able to eat chia seeds.
It is best to consult your doctor before introducing chia seeds into your diet if you have any of these conditions.
For the general population, there seems to be no problem with eating as much of them as you like. How much chia seeds to eat a day is a matter of personal choice and preference. The best thing to do to increase your daily intake is to consider them as a food instead of seeing them as something you add to your food.
It is probably a good idea to increase your daily intake of chia seeds gradually to avoid gas and bloating which can occur from their high fiber content. Remember though that this high fiber content is a very good thing to maintain a healthy digestive system. This is particularly true for the large intestine where fiber sweeps away waste and debris for optimal colon health.
So, how much chia seeds to eat a day is one of three choices, 20 grams, 40 grams or as a flour substitute.
Another choice you have to make is whether you consider it a food or something to add to food.
Even the Aztecs and Mayans for whom the chia seed was part of their staple diet recognized it as a superfood. The word chia actually means “strength” in the ancient Mayan culture.