For such a tiny seed, chia packs a surprising amount of nutrition. Find out what this superfood is all about, and why it deserves a spot in your healthy eating lifestyle!
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What are Chia Seeds?
It’s a seed harvested from the “Salvia Hispanica” plant, a member of the mint family. Chia seeds were used by the Mayans and Aztecs as an energy boosting food and the trend continues today. Today it’s a hugely popular superfood due to it’s high quality nutritional profile.
When mixed with any liquid substances, chia seeds swell up resembling a consistency similar to tapioca - thick, creamy, and a bit gelatinous. When chia reaches the digestive liquids of your stomach, it swells and forms a gel. This gel slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbohydrates into sugar.
History of Chia Seed
The ancient Aztecs were the first to document the use of chia around 3500 BC and used it as an energy and endurance booster for their warriors. At this time in history, chia seeds were considered almost magical because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.
The Aztecs would march long distances on a daily basis and required the intake of high-energy fuel that prevented them from dehydration. The chia seed absorbs 12 times its weight when mixed with water, which prolongs hydration and helps retain electrolytes. According to historians, the Aztecs knew about chia’s many properties and used it to help protect joints, reduce inflammation as well as heal and moisturize their skin.
Chia Seed, is a natural raw food with a high plant source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Chia Seeds is non-GMO, gluten-free, trans-fat free and sugar free.
Chia seeds are called a Superfood because they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimal calories. Chia Seeds has no taste or smell, mixes well with all your favorite foods & beverages.
- Add one tablespoon to a cup of water ; let it soak for 15 minutes and drink it up.
- Add them to your smoothies and juices.
- Add them to yogurt, oatmeal or breakfast cereals .
- Add to sauces and jams.
- Use them as a topping for your food.
- Make chia seed pudding.
- Use them in your baking recipes (e.g. pancakes, cookies, muffins!).
Frequently asked questions
Q. How much chia seeds can I consume per day?
A. As a general guide: For adults - 2 tablespoon a day, and for children under 10, not more then 1 tablespoon a day.
Q. I understand I should drink plenty of liquids when eating chia seeds. Why?
A. Since chia absorbs a lot of liquid, it can lead to stomach cramps. Hence the need to consume sufficient liquid when consuming chia seeds.
Q. I feel bloated after consuming chia seeds. Why?
A. Chia seeds is high in fiber which can cause some users to experience bloating or excess gas. Start small and increase intake gradually.
Q. Should chia seeds be washed?
A. Chia seeds do not need to be washed.
Q. How should chia seeds be stored?
A. Store in a cool and dry place.
Q. What’s the difference between black and white chia seeds?
A. The difference between the two colors is negligible. Both contain essentially the same amount of nutrients.