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Healthy food trends — chia seeds

Chia seeds are tiny, brown, black or white seeds. They are almost as small as poppy seeds. They come from a plant in the mint family. Chia seeds deliver several important nutrients in just a few calories and a small package.

You can eat this nutty-flavored seed in many ways.

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WHY THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU

Chia seeds are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.

Chia seeds are a good source of insoluble fiber. The seeds expand quite a bit and form a gel when they come into contact with water. This gel adds bulk to your stool, which keeps bowel movements regular and helps prevent constipation. The added bulk also may help you feel fuller and so you eat less.

Just 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters, mL) of chia seeds will give you 19% of your recommended daily fiber.

Chia seeds are also rich in the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. Essential fatty acids are fatty substances that your body needs to function. They are not made in the body, and you must get them from foods.

The oil in chia seeds contains higher amounts of essential fatty acids compared to other oils, even flax seed (linseed) oil.

Researchers are looking at whether consuming more of the fatty acids found in chia seeds can improve blood pressure, heart health, blood sugar, or provide other benefits.

HOW THEY ARE PREPARED

Chia seeds can be added or sprinkled on almost anything. There is no preparation needed — unlike flax seed, chia seeds do not need to be ground for maximal benefit. To add chia seeds to your diet:

  • Add them to your bread crumbs.
  • Sprinkle them on salads.
  • Add them to your drinks, smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal.
  • Add them to soups, salads, or pasta dishes.
  • Add them to your pancakes, French toast, or baking mix.

You can also grind chia seeds into a paste and add the paste to your dough or other mixes before cooking or baking.

WHERE TO FIND CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds may be purchased at any health food store, or online. Major grocery stores may also carry chia seeds in the natural or organic food aisle. Simply buy a bag of chia seeds, milled or whole.

Alternative Names

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Chia seeds are tiny, brown, black or white seeds. They are almost as small as poppy seeds. They come from a plant in the mint family. Chia seeds deliver several important nutrients in just a few calories

These foods can make you test positive for drugs

There’s nothing worse than when your dog actually did eat your homework, but you’re still not believed.

Unless of course you’ve tested positive for opiates and your alibi is that you ate some bread rolls.

This is the claim of a 58-year-old pipe fitter, suspended from work for 11 weeks after testing positive for morphine – an extract from the opium produced by poppies.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the father of two, who wishes to remain anonymous, insists the test reading was the result of him eating poppy seed bread and buns the day before the test.

After receiving the positive results, the Liverpudlian paid £120 for a private hair-follicle test, which came back negative, and obtained a letter from his GP stating he had never been on any prescribed medication, such as morphine or painkillers – which contain opium.

“I am a married dad and have two grown-up children. I have never taken drugs,” said the Liverpool man.

“I thought to myself ‘I have something in my body that I have no idea where it has come from’ – it was very worrying.”

The pipe fitter’s online research led him to an experiment on BBC One’s Rip Off Britain: Food, which aired in May. Over three days, 72-year-old presenter Angela Ripon ate a loaf of poppy seed bread and a poppy seed bagel to see if a drug test would pick up opiates. The results showed the presence of morphine.

The construction worker added, “I knew straight away that it had to be the poppy seeds I had eaten and I actually thought ‘Great that explains it.’”

His company have since taken him back, although the contractor that he failed the test for has refused to accept his return to work.

So, can eating poppy seeds really lead you to fail a drug test?

“If you eat a poppy seed roll, it could give rise to a positive result on a urine drug test for morphine,” says Atholl Johnston, Professor of Pharmacology at Queen Mary University.

While the morphine content of poppy seeds can vary by a factor of nearly 600, drug tests are highly sensitive, and could return a positive result even after a relatively small number of the seeds.

However, Professor Johnston makes it clear that eating poppy seeds will not get you high any time soon.

“It is unlikely that a single poppy seed roll, or even a dozen rolls, would result in an individual ingesting enough morphine to have a pharmacological effect.”

Nevertheless, it’s advisable to wait up to three days after eating poppy seed products before taking a drug test.

And in case you’re wondering what other kinds of foods could lead you to fail a substance test, we’ve got the answer for you: the best kinds.

Like pizza and pastries.

Now a fair number of people would probably testify that pizza is effectively an addictive drug anyway.

But according to a breathalyser manufacturer, food products that use yeast can in fact make you fail a breathalyser test. This is because yeast makes dough rise by fermenting sugars into a number of substances, one of which is alcohol.

And if you’re unlucky enough to be breathalysed immediately after eating pizza, then this could cause you to fail the test.

According to the same source, this also applies to ripe fruit and fruit drinks. These can ferment and produce just enough alcohol for you to test positive.

Thankfully, because the alcohol is in your mouth rather than in your digestive system, you should be fine after about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can rinse your mouth out with water.

Then there’s hemp seeds (often found in granola bars), hemp seed oil and hemp seed milk.

These can lead you to test positive for THC, the principal psychoactive chemical in weed. After all, hemp is itself a type of cannabis.

And even poor, innocent, tonic water can help you to fail a drug test.

Tonic water was originally drunk for its quinine, an antimalarial drug derived from the bark of the South American cinchona tree.

This led to the invention of gin and tonics by a British official in 19th-century colonial India, who found a way to liven up the anti-malarial prescription.

But having a few G&Ts could also liven up your drug test results.

So you could actually end up failing both a breathalyser and a drug scan. Which would give you one heck of a hangover.

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