I think just about everyone has heard of chia. Doesn't ring a bell?
Yes, that kind of chia ; ) Not only for hideous looking chia pets, chia seeds are also one of the newest superfoods.
What is chia?
Chia is the richest and only unprocessed whole foods source of pure Omega-3. Chia is native to Central America and is a member of the mint family.
Facts about chia
- Chia was first used as a food as early as 3500 BC by the Aztecs. The seeds were eaten to improve endurance and were calling "running food" because of their staying power.
- Chia is high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, protein, magnesium and potassium. Unlike flax, it does not have to be ground.
- Chia seeds are about 20% protein.
- Chia seeds are very high in antioxidants and have a shelf live of about 5 years.
- When soaked in water for 30 seconds, chia seeds form a gel-like substance that slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turns carbohydrates into sugar which will not spike your insulin.
How to use
- Chia seeds can be added to many foods such as cereal, soup, salad, yogurt, smoothies and baked goods. You can also grind chia seeds to make a flour or even sprout them.
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