Chia seeds are tiny, flat and oval-shaped seeds with a polished texture. The word “chia” means “strength” in ancient Mayan, telling us how powerful chia is. Chia seeds originate in Mexico and Guatemala and come from the mint family, known as Salvia Hispanica plant. Despite their tiny look, they are the most nutritious food on earth.
- Nutritional Profile– Chia seeds have the ability to absorb liquid forming it into a gel, therefore good combining ingredient ( they can replace eggs in the recipe and thicken sauces). Chia seeds contain 486 calories per grams, which 138 calories per ounce. One ounce contains 11g of fiber( mostly insoluble fiber, around 95%). The carbohydrate content found in chia seeds is in the form of fiber (more than 80%). Approximately 75% of the fats found in chia seeds include the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), whereas approximately 20% of them consist of omega-6 fatty acids. One portion of chia seeds has 4900 mg of omega-3s. Chia seeds are a good plant-based protein source because they contain high-quality protein with all the essential amino acids, plus they contain more protein than most cereals and grains. Great source of minerals such as Manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, selenium and calcium.
- Health Benefits– High content of omega 3-fatty acids support a healthy heart. Selenium In chia is a great antioxidant, while manganese is essential for metabolism boosting, development and growth. Copper prevents cardiovascular disease, iron supports oxygen transportation through the body, and calcium is essential for bones, nerves, and muscles. Being packed with calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and Vitamin A, chia seeds do wonders for your teeth.
- Important fact– Production of chia seed does not require any additional artificial supplements and pesticides, making them one of the healthiest foods of our time. They are non-GMO, mainly raw and organic.