Salute to chia seeds and a nutrition book to consider

by Jay Hiller, September 28, 2022

Photo by Susan Wilkinson on Unsplash

“What’s the weird stuff in your oatmeal?” my husband asked the other morning.

This is not an unusual question for him where my cooking is concerned. He thinks a lot of the stuff I eat is weird. (Then he goes to the grocery store and buys it for me.) Chia seeds look weird and they’re awesome. I rediscovered them recently in my quest to get my cholesterol numbers back where they belong. (Big test in a couple of weeks, stay tuned.) It turns out chia seeds are a great source of fiber, omega 3 and protein. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3’s. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 5 grams of dietary fiber and 5 grams of protein. It’s better to soak them before eating them and my favorite way to do that is overnight oats. The fiber in the oatmeal along with the fiber in the chia seeds is effective for staying full until lunchtime.

What I’m reading now:

I just got the book, Metabolical: The Lure and Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL out of the library. It has a lot of good information about how our food supply and medical system is contributing to chronic disease. As I’ve mentioned several times since starting this blog, I’m trying to get my blood sugar levels out of the pre-diabetic range and my cholesterol down. The information in this book is helpful as I assess the changes I’ve been making in my diet over the last 6 months. Knowing what to eat nowadays is confusing. I’m still in the first third of the book and here’s a quote that summarizes what the author is proposing:

“Protect the liver. Feed the gut.”

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