How to Use Canary Seeds to Lose Weight

Including canary seed in your diet can be a good way to obtain essential nutrients. Here, we'll tell you how to prepare canary seed milk.
How to Use Canary Seeds to Lose Weight
Elisa Morales Lupayante

Reviewed and approved by the pedagogue in physical education and nutritionist Elisa Morales Lupayante.

Last update: 21 July, 2022

An increasing number of people are starting to use canary seeds to help them lose weight. While, for a long time, they were considered to just be food for birds, they’ve now become popular for human consumption.

These seeds come from the Phalaris canariensis plant. They’re thought to contain remarkable amounts of enzymes and amino acids. These nutrients help multiple vital systems of your body to work properly.

It’s also thought that eating them can stimulate fat and cholesterol reduction and improve metabolism which prevents metabolic disorders like diabetes.

Furthermore, traditional medicine has attributed several properties to canary seeds. For example, they’re thought to have lipid-reducing, demulcent, and diuretic effects. However, experts claim that there’s insufficient scientific evidence to confirm this.

Nevertheless, people are starting to show interest in canary seeds, not just to help them lose weight but also for the nutrients inside of them.

Have you been wondering about using canary seeds to help you lose weight? Well, below we’ll tell you how to prepare canary seed milk and add it to your diet.

The benefits of canary seeds for weight loss

A canary and some canary seed.
Birds aren’t the only animals that can benefit from the properties of canary seeds. They can help you lose weight too.

There are many reasons why people recommend canary seeds for weight loss. Although some may underestimate the potential of these little seeds, they’re an important source of essential nutrients that support metabolic functions. So, here are their main characteristics:

  • Thanks to their content of lipase and other digestive enzymes, they help break down fat cells found in your blood. In fact, their consumption helps transport lipids to the cells to be used as energy.
  • They contain vegetable protein, recommended to increase sports performance and muscle mass
  • They have diuretic and purifying properties and help eliminate fluid retention
  • Their antioxidants accelerate cell metabolism and prevent tissue damage by creating a barrier against free radicals from the environment
  • They’re a source of dietary fiber that, in addition to improving your digestion, keep you feeling fuller for a longer time
  • They help improve blood circulation and minimize the presence of cellulite and varicose veins

Nutritional values of canary seeds

The nutrients in canary seeds make them a perfect addition to a balanced diet. One portion of half a cup of canary seeds provides your body with:

  • 831 mg. of potassium
  • 236 mg. of calcium
  • 431 mg. of magnesium
  • 112 mg. of folic acid

In addition, 100 g. of canary seeds provide:

  • 8 g. of carbohydrates
  • 13 g. of protein
  • 2 g. of fat

Canary seed milk recipe for losing weight

A woman measuring her waist.

Canary seeds are extremely nutritious when dry, but soaking them triggers certain chemical processes that increase their fiber, cellulose, and easily absorbable protein.

Therefore, if your goal is to lose weight, canary seed milk is a good option. This is because it’s low in calories and easy to add to your diet because it has a mild and pleasant flavor.


  • 6 tbsp. of canary seeds
  • 4 c. of water


  • Firstly, add the seeds to a container with one cup of the water and let them soak overnight
  • Then, the next day, strain and put the soaked seeds into the blender with the rest of the water
  • Process for a few seconds until smooth
  • Finally, strain with a fine-meshed strainer and throw away the mash

How to use canary seed milk

  • Drink in moderation in the morning with your breakfast or mid-morning snack
  • Store the remaining milk in a glass container in the refrigerator for a maximum of 2 to 3 days
Canary seeds and a glass of milk.We can prepare a delicious canaryseed-based drink to complete our slimming diet.
Prepare a delicious canary seed-based drink to help with weight loss.

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What kind of canary seeds should you use?

It’s really important to differentiate canary seeds for human consumption from those meant for birds. Although their nutritional properties are almost exactly the same, the variety meant for birds contains a substance called silica which is harmful to humans.

Therefore, look for canary seeds labeled “Silica Free.” You can find them in natural food stores or supermarkets.

However, be careful as silica is really small and you may not notice it at first glance. It’s essential to avoid canary seeds that contains it because it can harm the mucous membrane of your digestive system.

So, do you feel like giving canary seed milk a try in your weight loss regime? If you haven’t yet made it a part of your diet, try this recipe out for yourself and see if it works for you.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.