The forgotten food of the Aztecs. Chia seeds are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acid ( 64%). Also very rich in protein which in turn is high in amino acids. Rich in lysine and a very good source of fiber. The Aztecs used it in combination with corn which is low in lysine to make a complete food. Also very high in iron and calcium too.
Chia is so rich in anti-oxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long period without becoming rancid.
The Native Americans of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Its high energy to weight ratio makes it a favorite choice of long distance runners and other athletes.
When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Add lime or lemon juice and agave nector to make a pleasant drink. Sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on salads, cereal or yogurt. Eat them as a snack. A tasty and interesting addition to your diet!
According to Sheryl Walters,a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner:-
Chia seeds are a complete source of protein. They actually have 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain.
- Chia seeds are great for weight loss because they easily bulk up the food without changing the taste. Because the carbohydrates re released incredibly slow, it make people feel full. They also bulk up and cleanse the body of old “junk” so the body can detox and lose weight.
- As well as improving endurance and physical fitness, they also help keep the body hydrated and the electrolytes balanced, so they are the perfect foods for athletes.
- These tiny seeds have are packed with calcium, and they also contain boron which is a trace mineral that helps calcium get into your bones.
- This super seed is a seriously potent antioxidant; in fact, it has 3 times more antioxidant activity than blueberries. Not only does this help you to fight disease and defy age naturally, it also keeps the chia seeds from going off like other seeds such as flax.
- Chias have 3 more iron than spinach, which is needed to carry oxygen from the lungs into the muscles and organs.
- These little super food seeds have incredibly high levels of omega 3 and omega 6, both of which are essential for brain function, reversing depression, and overall health. Because of its high amount of good fat, it is quite shelf stable. The bugs never touch it and so it needs absolutely no pesticides.
Chia seeds can be used in smoothies, alive pies or just about anything else you can think of.
Country of Origin: Paraguay/Bolivia
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