We all know that chia seeds are one of the power foods in the world. It is high in dietary value and easy to absorb by our body. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients such as calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and magnesium. With so much nutritious values packed into a seed, can parents introduce chia seeds to their children? Yes, but there are some important pointers to take note.
As chia seeds might be difficult for babies to digest, it is recommended to offer chia seeds to young children where their digestive systems are more developed. In return, young children can absorb the nutrients of the chia seeds into their body easier. Never give them raw chia seeds.
To make chia seeds digestible, soak these seeds into water overnight before offering to young children. The process of soaking chia seeds in water increases its enzyme inhibitors. This not just protect the seeds, but also makes them easier to digest.
3 Important Benefits Of Chia Seeds For Your Child
High in dietary fibre
Chia seeds offer a very high amount of dietary fibre which will help in cleansing the digestion tract. For 100 g of chia seeds, 34 g is dietary fibre.
Excellent source of protein
For every 100 g of chia seeds, you can discover there is about 16 g of protein. Protein is important for every child’s growing up the process because it assists in building up the muscle structures for the body and organs.
Great source of fatty acids
Like flax seeds, chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega 3 fatty acids help in the child’s brain development as well as improving their vision.
How To Prepare Chia Seeds For Your Child
Chia seeds are very easy to prepare. Simply soak them in water overnight and on the next day, you will find them becoming gel-like power food. Parents can add these overnight chia seeds into food such as cereals and fruit juices.
F&N Fruit Tree Fresh Wonders
Made from 100% juice with no sugar added, the F&N Fruit Tree Fresh Wonders Luscious Berries and Zesty Lime with Organic Chia Seeds range is the first chia seed juice drink to be launched in the local market, incorporating the much-loved superfood in addition to the antioxidant-rich juice blends.
For the month of April, consumers can redeem a fruit-shaped plate with every purchase of two 1-litre packs of F&N Fruit Tree Fresh Wonders or F&N Fruit Tree Fresh Juices. Four attractive designs are available for redemption, while stocks last.
The new range is available at major supermarkets and hypermarkets at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of $3.25 for a 1-litre pack and $1.30 for 250ml PET bottle.