Sabja Seeds: A secret ingredient for weight loss

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It is 2020, and among the things that should be in your priority, health should surely be one of them. When we talk about health, the first thing that pops up in most of our heads is weight. Not that it is the only thing; but it is certainly one of the most important things to consider.

Today, I will talk about an ingredient, which is often referred to as a wonder seed because of its exceptional nutritional component: Sabja Seeds! Dieticians around the world have one common food recommendation for all the individuals willing to reduce weight and that is sabja or more commonly known as Basil seeds. 

How does basil seeds help in losing weight?

It’s certainly not magic, there are several scientific researches that prove its weight-loss constitution. The content of fibre in these seeds is sufficient, that naturally keeps you full for longer periods of time which will ultimately prevent you from having foods at regular intervals. These seeds also have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a rich source of Alpha-Linolenic acid. This acid stimulates the fat, boosts metabolism and assists in weight loss.

Apart from this, sabja seeds are very low in calories and at the same time very high in nutrients. Plus, all these nutrients are essential components for weight management, namely phosphorous, calcium, Vitamin A, B- complex, K and E.

How can you consume sabja seeds?

Sabja uses are limitless. For weight loss, the most basic method is to take 1-2 teaspoons of basil seeds, and soak them in a cup of warm water for 15 minutes. They are hard to chew, so need to be soaked before, to make them soft and translucent. In the water, the seeds get swelled up and are easier to chew. Once you have them, they release digestive enzymes, that helps in digestion and promotes weight loss.

But wait, that is not the only way you can consume sabja seeds to reduce your weight. You can make things all the more interesting, fun, and not to forget delicious. Below, I have enlisted various food items in which sabja seeds can be added to make it beneficial for your diet:

1. Milkshakes

Considering how most of us eliminate milkshakes and smoothies from our diet chart due to its high sugar levels, just the addition of sabja seeds will make it a healthier option to go after. Among the variety of fruits and flavors you add in your milkshake, make basil seeds a compulsory ingredient.

2. Lemonade

A go-to refreshment, especially during the long summer days even lemonade can assist weight loss. Add beaten sabja seeds into them and drink it guilt-free, because now it is a much healthier option than without the basil seeds.

3. Desserts

I know how you resist desserts, but the next time you have them, add sabja seeds so that you feel less guilty once the plate is licked clean! You can add them in any of the desserts and since they are flavorless, it wouldn’t affect the taste much. For instance, just add them in the nuts and seeds mix of your desserts like halwa, pie, and others.

4. Soups

We all have cravings for a bowl of hot soup in a cold windy winter evening, plus, they are considered healthier than other beverages. The inclusion of these seeds will only make things better, as this will make your healthy soup even healthier.

5. Salads

As they are crunchy and full of nutritional components, you can add them in almost every other salad as a garnish, dressing or vinaigrette for salads.

So these were a few options where you can add sabja seeds and make your daily diet much healthy. They are low in calories and at the same time filled with nutrients.

What to consider before consuming sabja seeds?

For most of us, consuming sabja seeds will be more than beneficial. But for a small part of the population, namely, pregnant women and children should avoid eating them in large quantities. Children can choke on them if it is not mixed well in water, and for pregnant women, it reduces the amount of estrogen in the body. Thus, for these two sections, it’s best to consult the doctor.

Apart from that, the presence of Vitamin K may also increase the chances of blood clotting, and reduce the effects of blood-thinning medication. Basil seeds are rich in fibre which may also lead to bloating. However, all these side effects are for the worst-case scenario and the benefits outweigh these effects by a large margin. Thus, consult your family doctor and infuse this wonder seed in your daily diet.

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