Chia seeds are tiny seeds of a plant grown natively in South America. They were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans, and prized for their ability to sustain high levels of energy. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength. These seeds are harvested from the plant Salvia Hispanica, related to mint, and are dense with nutrients important for the body and brain.
Chia are, calorie for calorie, one of nature’s best sources of nutrients. They are loaded with antioxidants and almost all of their carbohydrates are from fibre! This means Chia is great at maintaining blood sugar and increasing feelings of fullness, perfect for a diet which is weight conscious. Less well known is their role as a prebiotic, promoting good gut health.
The combination of complete protein, vitamins and minerals makes sure that the energy levels stay steady throughout the day.
Other benefits include being high in protein and a good source of several nutrients important for healthy bone including calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. Gram for gram, there is a higher calcium content than most dairy products.
Lastly, Chia has been associated with healthy skin and hair. Its anti-inflammatory properties restore the skin’s moisture, reduce skin redness and prevent acne. Protein, copper and zinc support healthy hair growth
Crunchy 2 | Fruity 0 | Sweet 1 | Sour 0
Fiber, Protein, Fat (more than half Omega-3s), Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.