It's probably safe to assume that at least one of your friends is obsessed with chia seeds (and that friend might actually be you). With everyone talking about how amazing they can be for you, it's easy to get swept away and not realize the side effects chia seeds may have.
I had a roommate who absolutely loved chia seeds so much that she'd incorporate it into each and every meal, from her smoothie and yogurts to her lunch and dinner. While I wanted to join in, I was hesitant, as I've always been the type to speculate the latest health crazes. Although chia seeds' benefits may not be the newest discovery, I wanted to find out and learn more about the potential side effects these mystery seeds might have. As it turns out, chia seeds can sometimes be dangerous to your health.
I mean, we could all definitely use a little more fiber in our lives, at least I know I can, but what may be surprising is that eating chia seeds can actually cause a couple of side effects that you didn't know could happen.
Yes, eating chia seeds could cause a multiple array of health issues including stomach and blood problems. I know, I know it's pretty devastating.
But hey, I'm not asking you to stop eating chia seeds forever, but it's probably safe to be aware of these side effects before heavily relying on chia seeds in your diet.
Here are 5 potential side effects chia seeds may have on you.
1. Gastrointestinal Issues
According to Heal With Food, they explain chia seed side effects, "rang[e] from constipation and hard stools to diarrhea, bloating and excessive intestinal gas." These gastro issues may affect your body, but thankfully there's a way to eat chia seeds that might be able to help you avoid any stomach pain.
2. Low Blood Pressure/Bleeding
Because of chia seeds' high source of Omega-3 fatty acids, they can actually cause your blood to thin out. It could also cause your blood pressure to lower drastically if you already deal with that health issue. If you already have low blood pressure or if you are already taking prescribed blood thinners, make sure to proceed with caution and ask your doctor if your chia seed intake is OK.
3. Affect in Blood Sugar
While chia seeds may help regulate your glucose level, they may also overstimulate drugs that control your blood sugar. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, make sure to ask for professional advice when eating chia seeds.
Getting allergies from chia seeds may be uncommon, but some, "symptoms of chia seed allergy may include rashes, hives and watery eyes." Food allergies like, "trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the tongue" may also occur.
5. Potential Effects On Pregnant Women
Although how chia seeds affect pregnant woman is not totally known, "most health authorities advise pregnant and breast-feeding women to stay on the safe side and avoid the use of chia seeds until more research has been done." While it may be uncertain whether chia seeds do affect pregnant women, it's probably better to skip on the seeds for nine months.
Again, I'm not trying to persuade you from eating chia seeds as there are an unending amount of positive benefits, but should you choose to add chia seeds in great amounts to your diet, educate yourself about the potential benefits and be sure to consult a doctor if you have any questions or concerns.