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Not only for adults, chia seeds which are popular as super food can also be consumed by children, you know, Bun. Despite having a small size, chia seeds contain a variety of benefits for your baby. Want to know anything? Let's see the explanation here
Chia seeds or chia seeds have the Latin name Salvia hispanica L. These small black seeds that come from Mexico are rich in important nutrients needed by the child's body and brain. These nutrients include protein, calcium, omega-3, fiber, and phosphorus.
What are the Benefits of Chia Seed for Children?
The following are some of the benefits of chia seeds for children that you need to know:
1. Supports the growth and development of children
One tablespoon (± 10 g) of chia seeds contains about 2 g of protein. Protein is one of the nutrients needed in large amounts by children. If you don't get enough protein intake, your child can experience problems or slowdown in their growth.
In addition, protein is also very important for repairing damaged cells and making new cells, as well as protecting the body from viruses and bacteria. Because of the things above, it is important to always include protein in a child's daily menu.
2. He althy brain
The content of omega 3 fatty acids in chia seeds is very good for improving brain he alth and children's sleep quality.Both of these are factors that support the development of children to be smart and achievers. One tablespoon of chia seeds contains about 1.2 g of omega 3 fatty acids.
Besides that, chia seeds also have benefits to nourish the little one's heart, you know, Bun. The omega 3 fatty acids in chia seeds can control LDL cholesterol and blood fat levels, especially if your child is obese, thereby reducing your child's risk of developing heart disease.
3. Maintain a he althy digestive system
In one tablespoon of chia seeds contained 5 g of fiber which is even higher than the fiber content in 1 apple. The presence of fiber in your baby's diet is needed to maintain a he althy digestive system. Fiber plays a role in softening stools so that your little one does not experience constipation.
Fiber also helps normalize bowel movements and makes the stomach feel full longer, so that children avoid overeating behavior.Not only that, the fiber in chia seeds can control blood sugar levels when eating, so it can reduce the risk of children developing diabetes in the future.
4. Strengthen bones and teeth
One tablespoon of chia seeds contains about 7 mg of calcium and 2 mg of phosphorus. These two minerals work together to build and strengthen a child's bones and teeth.
Calcium and phosphorus play an important role in making your little one's bones and teeth not easily porous and brittle. Children who don't get enough calcium and vitamin D early on are at higher risk of developing rickets.
In addition to supporting he althy teeth and bones, calcium is also needed so that children's muscles and nerves work well, and the release of hormones and enzymes in the body runs smoothly.
Chia seed has a mild taste, so it won't interfere with the overall taste when mixed into other foods or drinks.Mothers can mix chia seeds in your little one's favorite foods or drinks, such as puddings, pastries, smoothies or juices, and jams.
By knowing the benefits of chia seeds, now you can start introducing these seeds to your little one's food, okay? However, if signs of allergies appear in children after consuming chia seeds, immediately consult a doctor to get the right treatment.