Chia seeds are, without a doubt, nutritious. Ancient civilizations cultivated and used them as part of their diet, skin care routine, and medicine. They also used chia seeds as offerings to their gods or deities, which means that chia seeds were highly valued even back then. And this view is not wrong. Modern science and research have backed up the claim that chia seeds have high nutritional value.
To put it in perspective, an ounce or two tablespoons of chia seeds contains 138 calories, 8.7 grams of fat, 4.7 grams of protein, 5 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), 9.8 grams of fiber, and 11.9 grams of carbs. Aside from these, it also contains calcium (14% of the daily recommended value), zinc (12%), magnesium (23%), phosphorus (20%), iron (12%), niacin or vitamin B3 (16%), and thiamine or vitamin B1 (15%).
The chia seeds’ nutritional profile is impressive. However, too much of everything can also harm the body, so limiting your daily intake to the recommended serving is best.