What in the world are chia seeds??
Chia seeds are little tiny seeds that contain an amazing amount of nutrition in a very small amount.
Chia is a member of the mint family and is native to Central America. It is is an ancient seed that was prized by Aztec warriors who used them as an endurance promoting superfood -consuming it right before battle and long distance traveling.
Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. It is high in ORAC antioxidants such as quercetin, myrecetin, caffeic acid and chloregenic acid. It is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc. Chia is very high in fiber and absorbs more than ten times its weight in water, making it an excellent source of hydration.
Chia seeds are extremely versatile. They can be eaten as is, ground and added into recipes, or made into a gel and added to any juice or smoothie. Chia seeds have natural gel forming properties that slow digestion and help keep blood sugar levels stable, which aids in the prevention and/or control of diabetes. The feeling of fullness after eating chia seeds aids in weight control and weight loss.
These little seeds have endless health benefits and have been a great addition to my families diet. In fact, my 2 kids refuse to drink their morning orange juice without the chia seeds!!
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