The chia plant has truly become more popular in recent times, which has a lot to do with chia seed. The plant is gaining more recognition due to all of its health benefits. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of top 10 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about chia seed.

Number One: Chia Seed is Great for Bones

One of the reasons why chia seeds should be integrated into one’s diet is because they’re high in calcium, making them great for the bones. Having the seeds regularly can pretty much guarantee good bone health, especially since they’re not acidic in the slightest.

Number Two: It Dates Back Farther Than You Think

Humans have been consuming the chia plant in one form or another for a really long time. In fact, it is believed to have been part of the human diet since before 3000 b.c., which is really saying something.

Number Three: They are Great for Diabetics

When the seeds are consumed, they slow down the rate at which the body metabolizes sugars, which make them a stable source of carbs for diabetics. Hooray for everyone!

Number Four: Hello, Antioxidants!

It’s been reported that chia seeds are really full of antioxidants, which are practically good for everything health-wise. In fact, they’re so full of it, that it takes a lot of effort to spoil them.

Number Five: North America Didn’t Really Know About Chia Seed Until Recently

Even though the chia seed has been consumed for thousands of years, it wasn’t until a few decades ago that Americans knew of it. It took Wayne Coates, who was studying the plant in Argentina, to bring it to light.

Number Six: The Seeds Can Be Used as an Egg Replacement

Chia seeds are yet another ingredient that can replace eggs in any recipe, meaning that the end result will be much healthier. To do so, all you need to do is put a tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of water, and then you’re good to go in a few minutes.

Number Seven: Red Seeds Are Red Flags

Although chia seeds are fantastic for the body, they have to be the right color. If they are any combination of white, brown, or black, then they are good. If they’re red, it means that they’re immature and shouldn’t be consumed.

Number Eight: Chia Pets Are Just Sprouts

Chia Pets, which have gained popularity sooner than they have of the seeds themselves, are, of course, from the same plant. However, what some people don’t know is the fact that the grass-like part of the chia pet are just sprouted seeds, which is pretty fascinating.

Number Nine: It Can Make a Gel

Interestingly enough, chia seeds can make a gel. The secret: you need to soak them for half an hour. This would make for a nice child’s science experiment.

Number Ten: Chia Seeds Can Be Used as Bug Repellent

Something quite odd about the plant is that it can be used as a bug repellent. This has a lot to do with the fact that it is high in oil. Organic farmers sometimes use the seeds themselves to keep bugs away.

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