A forgotten ancient superfood prized by Aztec warriors, chia seeds have been rediscovered as one of nature's most nutritious foods. High in protein, minerals, enzymes, fiber, and calcium, chia seeds are also the world's richest source of Omega-3. The tiny black seeds are easy to digest but have very little taste on their own. They blend nicely with most sweet foods and keep indefinitely (this is due to the cinnamic acids that guard the omega-3 oils). Chia is also a great thickening agent, absorbing up to nine times its weight in water when soaked. Chia is a great way to get your soluble fiber, the stuff that helps to keep you 'regular.' Try chia pudding as a cleansing and seriously yummy breakfast. (See Instructions tab for a recipe)
Chia seeds contain more than 60% omega-3 fatty acids, a higher percentage than any other source can claim. The body converts omega-3 from chia into EPA and DHA. It's a complete source of dietary protein containing all of the essential amino acids. Chia contains between 19-23% protein by weight, higher than any other grain or seed. Chia has a high energy to weight ratio that makes it an ideal food choice for athletes or those needing prolonged energy. The Aztec warriors consumed it for this reason. The ability to absorb more than nine times its volume in water or other liquid prolongs hydration and retains electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion or exercise. Because it is easily digested and absorbed it provides a rapid transportation of nutrients to the tissues for use by the cells and aids in the regeneration of muscles for conditioning athletes and bodybuilders.
Chia seeds are also great for those with diabetes and/or those who are watching their weight. The gel forming property of chia seeds tends to slow digestion and sustain balanced blood sugar levels which can be helpful in both controlling and preventing diabetes and also means you feel full longer. The chia gel causes a slow release of carbohydrates and an equally slow converting of carbohydrates into glucose for energy so there is no insulin surge or spike after eating chia. For even more on chia, visit our blog here!