What are Chia Seeds? Chia Seeds are a powerhouse nutritional food with benefits superior to flax seeds. Chia has a very mild flavor (and no “fishy” taste like other foods high in Omega-3 acids). They are extremely rich in Omega-3 acids and are a very good source of fiber and manganese. Chia seeds are raw, low in sodium and cholesterol-free. You can understand why many consider Chia Seeds as nature's perfect food.
Chia Seeds have the highest known whole-food source of Omega-3 acids. These acids promote cardiovascular and mental health and benefit many body functions.
Where are Chia Seeds grown? Chia originated in Mexico and now grow in Mexico and in Central and South Americas.
What's in Chia Seeds? Chia seeds typically contain about 20 percent protein, 30 percent fat and 40 percent carbohydrates. The fat contains a very high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids.
How are Chia Seeds used? Chia Seeds are mild tasting and easily digestible. The shells are easily broken and can even be swallowed whole.
Chia won't alter the taste of foods when it's used as an ingredient. It can be sprinkled on cereal or eaten as a snack. Grinding Chia produces a meal called pinole, which can be mixed with flour into baked goods like biscuits, cakes and breads.
Soaked seeds are gelatinous and used in porridges and puddings. The seeds can be soaked in water or fruit juice creating a drink known in Mexico as chia fresca.
What are the benefits of Chia Seeds?
High In Omega-3 Acids. Chia seed has higher levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than flax seed. ALA is an essential acid because it is not produced by the body. In fact, chia seeds have the highest known whole-food source levels of Omega-3 acids, as measured by percent of weight.
Rich In Antioxidants. Chia is a great natural source of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin and flavonols.
Full of Important Nutrients. Chia is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, iron, zinc and copper. Chia contains six times more iron than spinach.
Low In Sodium and Cholesterol-Free. Chia contains less than half the sodium of flax seed, per serving. This is important to those with high blood pressure and concerned about sodium intake. As a plant-based source of Omega-3, Chia is cholesterol-free.
Promotes Hydration. Chia soaks up water and this promotes hydration and electrolytes retention.
Helps in Weight Loss. Chia is very filling. As more Chia is eaten, there's less room for fattening foods.
Builds Endurance. The Mayan word for Chia is “strength.” Chia builds stamina and endurance because it steadily releases slow-burning glucose into the bloodstream .
Gluten-Free. The protein in chia seed is gluten free.
Stays Fresh. Unlike flax seed, chia seed stays fresh for extended periods of time.
Supplement Facts Serving size: 28g Servings Per Pound: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0g Sodium: 5mg Total Carbohydrate: 12g Fiber: 11g Sugars: 0g Protein: 4g
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