The Aztec Secret for Weight Loss

March 7, 2013
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Chia is the “it food” of 2013.

After earning its reputation as a “hairy” pet 30 years ago, Chia is finally getting the true credit it’s due – as a superfood! I first wrote about the benefits of chia in my Fat Flush for Life book in 2009, and it’s encouraging to see that chia’s benefits have finally achieved mainstream recognition. In fact, there has been so much buzz about chia recently that ABC News called it the “it food” of 2013.

Not only can chia halt hunger, and get things “moving,” it really packs an all-around nutritional punch—more than acai, pomegranate, artichoke, or blueberries. No wonder the fearless Aztecs could subsist on just a couple of handfuls during their mile long treks as they conquered Central America!

The Aztec Miracle Food
Today, there’s a lot more we know about this legendary super seed. For one thing, it is a complete source of vegetarian protein providing all the necessary amino acids to fuel muscles and build up tissue strength.

Chia seeds are extremely nutrient dense, containing nearly 50 energizing nutrients in one small seed. They are gluten-free and very abundant in vitamin C, protein, minerals, omega-3s, omega-6s, and fiber. The soluble fiber content of chia—about 11 grams in just one ounce, to be exact—is more than one third of the USDA recommended daily amount. Chia makes you feel full for hours and can absorb more than 10 times its volume in water so that you can fill up on fewer calories!

It is also a magic bullet for regulating the bowels and can start to work in just one day. Whether you are constipated or too loose, chia can balance all types of gut grief and calm your colon.

And if that weren’t enough good news, one ounce of chia yields about 5 grams of omega-3s, making it the highest source of omega-3s gram to gram of any of the omega-3 rich foods—including flaxseed and salmon. We all know by now how vital omega-3 is in supporting healthy cardiovascular function. In fact, research at the University of Arizona finds that chia lowers triglyceride levels and raises healthy (HDL) cholesterol levels. Most interesting of all for you “waist watchers,” a study in the British Journal of Medicine shows that the omega-3 fats in chia reduce belly fat.

All-in-One Nutrition
What most impresses me about chia is that it’s an all-in-one source of minerals—Mother Nature’s natural enzyme co-factors. Just one ounce will give you nearly 200 mg of calcium—making this the highest vegetable source of this macro mineral—easily trumping 1 cup of whole milk, which is allergenic to half the world’s population. And that’s not all. Chia is loaded with magnesium, potassium, and zinc!

Power Up with Delicious Chia Recipes
After searching worldwide for the highest quality chia, I am happy to recommend UNI KEY’s Whole Chia Seeds—which have the NSRI Seal of Approval. This certification guarantees that the chia is grown under the highest safety and purity standards, with complete traceability. The harvesting and cleaning process assures both you and your family of a 99.8% pure product.

To get your daily chia fix and keep things “moving,” I would recommend two to three tablespoons per day.  Add them to your smoothies (right at the end so they don’t bulk up your blender), as well as soups, stews, dressings, eggs, and veggies.

For an especially delicious way to enjoy your chia, try this delicious Chia Crackers recipe.

This is one ancient secret you will want to share with dieters and health fans alike!

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Deborah


    I wd like to buy a blender for green smoothies

    I cannot afford Vitamix or Blendtec

    Thinking about getting a Nutribullet or JTC Omniblend V3

    Help me choose Thank you all !!


    • Sierra

      The Ninja works very well for me! And you get a food processor out of it too 🙂

    • Wendy

      For my blender I actually use a hand blender. It works wonders and you can control the stick where it goes. Easy to clean too, rinse off and pop in the dishwasher. Honestly, we rarely pull out the blender at all. It even kills frozen strawberries!

  2. Donna

    I like the single serve size Cuisinart. It’s a good size and will blend frozen fruit. I had a magic bullet that lasted for a couple years before part of it broke. I don’t like the cup for the nut rivulet, it’s bigger around than my small hand can comfortably hold. The Cuisinart cup is taller and slimmer and does a good job on smoothies. One drawback is it doesn’t work well for making hummus.

  3. Booke

    My yoga teacher swears by her nutribullet. Made sure we knew it was definitely not a similarly named bullet when she raved about it.

  4. Linda

    My husband and I recdntly bought a Nutribullet and we love it. It does not take up much space and is really easy to youse

  5. Beth

    I believe chia seeds need to be ground to be effective, much as flax does.

    • Sierra

      I have used the seeds whole quite successfully, though there is certainly no harm in grinding them.

  6. carmel

    Can chia seeds be cooked and still retain their omega-3 value? I know flaxseeds and flaxseed oils are corruptible at high temperatures, or at least that is what I thought. Is chia the same?

    • Sierra

      Chia can definitely be used in baking, but when it comes to stir fry or something like that, I would recommend adding them after the dish is taken off of heat.

  7. robin stearns

    I was wondering what I can do when I take chia and get intestinal gas…..I understand that chia is really good for you but this is embarrassing

    • liz

      You could try letting the chia seeds soak a few minutes in the cranwater in the blender before you add the other ingredients and mix it up. I’ve found this to produce a thicker, creamier smoothie and to be easier on my stomach.


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