You’re here because you’re looking to find out more about the great benefits of enjoying Chia seed. But don’t take our word for it. Here are what the experts are saying about it:
“For centuries the Indians of the southwest and Mexico used this tiny little seed as a staple food. Known as the running food, its use as a high-energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seeds during the conquests. The Indians of the southwest would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24 hr. forced march. Indians running from the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring the Chia seeds for their nourishment.” – James F. Sheer, The Magic of Chia: Revival of an Ancient Wonder
In 2009, the European Union approved chia seeds as a novel food, allowing up to 5% of a bread product’s total matter.
Chia seed may be eaten raw as a whole seed, providing protein, fats and fiber. Ground chia seed is sometimes added to pinole, a coarse flour made from toasted maize kernels. Chia seeds placed in water or fruit juice are consumed in Mexico and known as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.
Chia sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular U.S. cultural icon of the Chia Pet.
Nutrient content and potential health benefits
In a one ounce (28 g) sample, dried chia seeds contain 9% of the Daily Value for protein (4g), 13% fat (9g) (57% of which is ALA) and 42% dietary fiber (11g), based on a daily intake of 2000 calories. The seeds also contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium in amounts comparable to other edible seeds, such as flaxor sesame.” -from Wikipedia.org
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