Beware of these 7 side effects of chia seeds!

Published on:4 June 2024, 17:00pm IST

Chia seeds are believed to be tiny superheroes that offer plenty of health benefits. However, consuming too much of anything can lead to certain complications. Here are some of the side effects of chia seeds that you should not ignore.

Elevates gastrointestinal problems risk
Chia seeds can cause digestive problems

Have you ever experienced digestive discomfort after consuming chia seeds? Chia seeds are rich in fibre and too much fibre can lead to stomach problems, as per a study published inthe journal Diet and Health. It may be because chia seeds absorb water and expand in the stomach. If not consumed with some liquid, it can trigger discomfort, bloating, constipation, and even intestine blockages. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

May trigger allergic reactions
chia seeds may cause allergic reactions

While it is uncommon, consuming chia seeds may trigger allergic reactions in some people. The most common allergies that you may experience after eating these foods are food allergies such as vomiting, diarrhea, and itching of the lips or tongue. If left unattended, a food allergy caused by chia seeds may lead to a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis, which makes it difficult for you to breathe. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

May increase cancer risk
chia seeds increase cancer risk

Chia seeds contain a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is essential for your overall health. While they are generally believed to be healthy, somestudies including the one published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, have linked ALA consumption to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Blood thinning properties
chia seeds causes blood thinning

Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have blood-thinning properties and may increase the risk of bleeding as they slow down the process of blood clotting. However, it is important to note that chia seeds, if eaten moderately, may not cause significant blood-thinning effects for most people. You should talk to your doctor before consuming chia seeds, especially if you are taking blood-thinning medications or have a blood disorder. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Lowers blood pressure
chia seeds cause blood pressure problems

Did you know eating chia seeds can lower your blood pressure? A study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that continuous consumption of chia seeds for 12 weeks reduced blood pressure among the participants. While eating chia seeds is good for people who have high blood pressure, it can be harmful for those suffering from low blood pressure. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

High in calories
chia seeds are high in calories

While chia seeds are rich in nutrients, they are also high in calories and fat. There are approximately 138 calories in two tablespoons of chia seeds. When eaten in moderation, they will make you feel satiated and you may end up eating less than you want. However, eating too many chia seeds can make you go over your daily calorie limit. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Risk of choking
chia seeds may cause choking

If you do not soak chia seeds before you consume them, they may expand in the throat and cause blockage, which can increase the risk of choking. Dry chia seeds swell up and absorbabout 12 times their weight in liquid when mixed with water, found a study published in the journal Food Science and Technology. So, make sure you soak these seeds before you consume them. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock