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- Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
- Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that help protect the delicate fats in the seeds. They also have various benefits for health.
- Almost all of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. This gives them the ability to absorb 10–12 times their weight in water. Fiber also has various beneficial effects on health.
- Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.
- Chia seed are black in color and they have a mild, nutty flavor. Raw, they can be sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies. They can also be eaten cooked, added to baked goods like bread and muffins.
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►Scientifically known as Salvia hispanica, chia seeds are considered to be one of the few superfoods nature has bestowed upon us. Originating in Mexico, and dating back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures, these seeds are known for their richness in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and calcium. They also act as a natural laxative.
►Chia, being a member of the mint family, is safe from insects. This is because insects don’t like mint, and hence, the plant can be grown without the use of pesticides. The chia seed plant is very temperamental and needs specific growing conditions. Hence, it is grown between 23 degrees north and 23 degrees south latitude. The flowers of chia seeds are purple and white.
►A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains: Fiber: 11 grams, Protein: 4 grams, Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s), Calcium: 18% of the RDI, Manganese: 30% of the RDI, Magnesium: 30% of the RDI, Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI, They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.
►This is particularly impressive considering that this is just a single ounce, equalling 28 grams or about two tablespoons. This small amount supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate. Interestingly, if you subtract the fiber – most of which doesn’t end up as usable calories for your body – chia seeds only contain 101 calories per ounce (28 grams). This makes them one of the world’s best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie.
►In vegan baking, they can replace eggs. To use them as an egg substitute in baking, try mixing 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then let them sit for a few minutes. A gel will form that can be used instead of eggs in baking.