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The seed of Salvia hispanica, commonly known as Chia, is an extremely nutritious food, grown by the Aztecs and believed by economic historians to have been as important as maize as a food crop. Chia seeds swell up with a gel when mixed with water, this gel sooths the digestive track & fills up the stomach, slowing digestion similar to fiber.
Chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the seeds yield 25–30% oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA). Of total fat, the composition of the oil can be 55% Omega-3, 18% Omega-6, 6% Omega-9, and 10% saturated fat. A one ounce (28 gram) serving of chia seeds contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of dietary fiber and 4 grams of protein. The seeds also have 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese, similar in nutrient content to other edible seeds such as flax or sesame.
Origin: Paraguay, Mexico
Chia seeds make an excellent addition to smoothies, homemade nutritional bars, can be eaten alone to nourish ones apetite, and provide an excellent amount of alpha-omega fatty acids, in proportions that perfectly supplement the bodies nutritional needs.
Chia is a one of a kind superfood, rivaling even hemp seeds for their content of alpha-omega fatty acids, provide a soothing gel to slow digestion and soothe the digestive tract, contain a hefty amount of protein, and provide a lift and boost of energy that cannot be explained by the nutritional content alone.
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