Chia are a pretty impressive little seed coming from a desert plant called Salvia hispanica and its consumption goes as far back as the Aztecs in Mexico.
- The chia seed is known for being a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids aka healthy fats that your body requires for many processes and functions such as brain health, reducing the inflammatory response and promoting healthy cell structure. Healthy cell structure is important so the cells of the body can hold and use more nutrients.
- The human body does not produce omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (also known as Essential Fatty Acids) and therefore must be obtained from the diet. Other sources of EFA’s include flax seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts
- Chia is also a source of dietary fibre, in fact 1 tbsp can provide 3g of fibre and is a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber.
To use them, add to smoothies or on top of hot or cold cereal. Or add your favourite non-dairy milk plus 2 tbsp of chia seeds, stir and leave for 5 minutes. The seeds absorb some of the liquid and swell, creating a gel. Top with your favourite superfoods such as goji berries, hemp seeds and blueberries for a healthy, quick and satisfying breakfast or snack.
Chia seeds should be kept in raw form so the EFA’s are not damaged by heat.
- Dr. Andrew Weil, article Chia for health
- NutritionData Chia seed nutrition facts
- World’s Healthiest Foods, Omega-3 fatty acids