Chia Seeds are a traditional food of the Aztec and Mayan people and have been used for thousands of years in Mexico for an energy boost that remains constant throughout the entire day. Appropriately named, Chia means "strength" in the Mayan language, and these coveted seeds were used by warriors in combination with corn for a great source of energy during long voyages. Also known as “running food', some Tarahumara Indians in Mexico were able to run all day on the energy from Chia seeds mixed with water and lemon juice.
Energy is only one of the many benefits consumers of Chia seeds enjoy. It is one of the richest plant sources for Omega 3 fatty acids and oils, containing 8 times more than salmon. Chia seeds have a good range of B vitamins, and more calcium than a glass of milk. It is a protein rich superfood containing all essential amino acids (EFAs) that the body cannot produce on its own. The seeds are fiber dense and well suited for lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as containing magnesium, iron, zinc and niacin and other important trace minerals that act to reduce the risk of stroke and slow the aging process. But, that’s not all. Regular use of Chia seeds will boost the immune system, and its anti-inflammatory properties aid in the prevention of arthritis and osteoporosis.
Chia seed consumption is easy. The nutty flavor makes them a delicious addition to smoothies, salads, soups, yogurt, cereals and baked goods. You may also make a Chia gel by mixing seeds in a small amount of water – 1 portion seed to 4 or 6 portions water –stir and let mixture sit for 15 to 30minutes. You can freeze them in homemade ice blocks or add coconut milk, honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon to create a sweet pudding. The uses for consumption are endless.
Studies show that about 40 g of Chia Seeds per day (for 12 weeks) resulted in significantly decreased systolic blood pressure as well as a significant reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood protein that is a measure of chronic inflammation that distress cells. Reducing this inflammation is key to the prevention of heart attack, stroke and other diseases. We hope you will give our Chia seeds a try and put yourself on the path to being the healthiest possible you.
Ingredients: 100% organic chia seeds
Country of origin: Mexico
Suggested use: Sprinkle chia seeds on smoothies, salads, porridge, juice etc, or use them as toppings in desert or yoghurts; you can also flavour up your puddings and breads with them. You can have virtually endless possibilities with Chia seeds.
Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
|Nutritional value||Per 100g|
|Energy||2033 kJ / 486 kcal|
|of which saturates||3.3 g|
|Omega 3||18.2 g|
|Omega 6||5 g|
|of which sugars||0 g|
|Vitamins and minerals|
|Vitamin E||29.1 mg|