Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica, a relative of the mint, and is grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. Ancient warriors attributed their stamina to this tiny seed, believing it contained supernatural powers.
Rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein, chia is helpful in bone health. Additionally, chia seeds can significantly decrease blood pressure and inflammation in arthritis as they are packed with carbohydrates, protein, fiber and antioxidants. Chia seeds can help prevent diabetes. These little seeds control blood glucose levels, diminish body fat, and decrease insulin resistance.
Chia seeds may be introduced to children starting at 18 months, when solid foods are introduced to their diet. Due to its high protein and fiber content, it develops muscles, improves the work of internal organs, prevents constipation and boosts the immune system. The benefits of chia can be introduced during pregnancy. They contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help brain and eyesight development in the fetus.
Chia seeds do not have a strong flavor, which makes it easy to use in different food and drinks. You can eat them raw or add into porridge, salads, cereals, cooked food, desserts, as well as juices, water, milk or tea. Because of the ability to absorb water and fat, chia seeds can be used to thicken sauces and even used as egg substitutes in recipes.
100g of chia seeds contain 31g of fat, 44g of carbohydrates, 16g of protein. Chia seeds do not contain cholesterol.
Main Benefits of Chia Seeds
- Rich in vitamins A, C, and omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, cellulose.
- Boosts immune system and also facilitates rapid treatment of wounds and cuts.
- Improves memory.
- Fights the flu, rise of cholesterol, and development of atherosclerosis.
- Soothes stomach pain, headaches and muscle pains.
- Cleans blood vessels, which helps with arthritis and rheumatism.
- Fights against excess weight.