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NUTRITION HEAD to HEAD

Is it worth shelling out for ‘supercharged’ ingredients? Dietitian Jennifer Low compares some of the big trends with everyday foods to see if you’re actually buying better nutrition

CHIA SEEDS

SPRINKLE ON CEREALS or salads or add to muffins. You can also buy ready-made chia products such as puddings and snack bars.

Why the health halo?

These tiny seeds are packed with protein, fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals. But the biggest draw is their high omega-3 fat content. Omega-3 fats are linked to keeping our heart, brain and eyesight healthy, and our triglyceride levels and blood pressure within the safe spectrum.

Is the hype justified?

⚫ They’re a source of protein and fibre (around 5g in 1tbsp). l Just 1tbsp chia provides 1.9g omega-3 fats, so they’re a good choice for topping up intakes. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) advises we eat two portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily (equivalent to about 3g omega-3 fats a week).

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In August's HFG, find out about the new diet for heart health and how to reverse the damage, get nutrition advice on the cheaper everyday 'superfoods' and how to shrink you waist with the playground trend that works. Plus follow our low-calorie holiday diet planner so you're in ship-shape for the sunshine.