Can Chia Seeds Cause Bloating?


chia seedsThe fact that you are reading this article shows that you have heard about the chia craze, and no we are not talking about the a comeback of the 1980’s chia pets. We are, however, talking about the seeds that are grown inside chia pets.

A Brief History Of The Chia Seed

The idea that the chia seed is beneficial to us is by no means new. In fact, everything indicates that they were first used for their nutritional benefits almost 5,000 years ago! They go all the way back to the ancient Aztecs who used them in order to give their warriors energy and endurance.In recent years many studies have shown that the benefits of chia seeds go far beyond extra energy and endurance.

As we will see towards the end of this article chia seeds can rightly be listed as a super-food. But, is it true that they can cause bloating? Are there any other adverse effects to be aware of?Smart and cautious people do well to ask such questions before starting any type of health craze.

chia seedsThis article has been written in order to help you understand the potential risks and possible side effects of chia seeds.

Once you understand them you can weigh the positive aspects and make a well informed personal decision on whether or not you want to include them in your diet.

So, Let’s Start By Examining The Question That Was Posed In Our Title:

Can Chia Seeds Cause Bloating?

The short answer is: Yes. However, that does not mean that you should immediately refuse to try chia seeds. If you already eat them and are experiencing bloating, you may not necessarily have to stop eating them. Let us take a close look at why and how chia seeds may cause bloating in some people, then you can be the judge as to your personal situation. Chia seeds are very high in fiber.

This in itself can be a very good thing, however, fiber is known to cause bloating. In simple terms, if your intestinal bacteria and flora are healthy, you should not experience much bloating at all. However, if your intestinal bacteria is unhealthy you may notice some bloating after eating chia seeds.Interestingly, many Americans suffer from bad intestinal flora and bacteria as results of antibiotics or poor diet.

chia seedsBefore discarding the benefits of chia seeds try balancing your intestinal floral.That is something you should do anyway!There is still one other reason that chia seeds may cause bloating.

You need to drink lots of water throughout the day when you take the seeds. If you do not get enough water you will probably become constipated, which among other things, leads to bloating. This is just one of several health reasons to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

If you are afraid of, or suffering from bloating, don’t reject chia seeds immediately. Before doing so, try drinking more water and balancing your intestinal flora. Remember also that if you suffer from the effects of fiber, chia seeds are not the only thing that could cause bloating. Flax seeds, for example, also have high quantities of fiber.

Are There Any Other Negative Side Effects From Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds have shown to lower blood pressure. Of course if you suffer from high blood pressure this may be a positive thing. However, if you suffer from extremely low blood pressure it may cause some risks. This of course would apply once again to flax seeds, among many other common foods and supplements. Chia seeds thin your blood.

doctorThis also may be a positive thing to some, however, if you already take blood thinking medications it may present some risks. In this case you should talk with your doctor before continuing.

We do not want to pick on flax seeds, however, the same rule applies once again to them (among other common foods and supplements).

There is one Dutch study that claims that chia seeds can increase the risk of prostate cancer. This should, however, be taken with a grain of salt since it does not present much convincing evidence and has not yet been backed by any other scientific studies.

A Quick Rundown Of Chia Seed Benefits

It would not be fair to consider the risks of chia seeds without mentioning the benefits. So lets briefly summarize the claimed benefits of chia seeds.We will summarize the health benefits in one sentence: Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids, soluble fiber, vegetarian protein, antioxidants, and minerals.

Volumes could be written on the benefits of each one of the above mentioned substances and why chia seeds are great way to get them into your body. If you don’t believe us do some research on them!

In Conclusion

chia seedsWhile it is true that chia seeds can cause bloating in certain people the actual cause originates from existing health problems and not necessarily from the intake of chia seeds.

If proper care is taken in treating such health problems on should be able to safely enjoy the many benefits that chia seeds can offer.

Even though there are some other negative effects that chia seeds may cause in certain cases the overall health benefits go far beyond the possible side effects. Unless you suffer from an extreme condition you will probably greatly benefit from including chia seeds in your diet!


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