Chia has been around for thousands of years. Technically known as Salvia Hispanica L., chia is native to Mexico, Central and South America. The Aztecs utilized this amazingly nutritious seed for centuries. It was so prized in the Aztec culture that it was even used to pay taxes. Known as 'Indian Running Food' for it's ability to provide quick energy, chia was used as a major food source in the Aztec diet, as well as for medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Chia Seed
- According to study, Chia possesses the highest percentage of the
polyunsaturated fatty acids(linolenic and linoleic) of all crops. Chia seed
contain 60% omega 3 fatty acids.
- The protein
content of Chia is higher that other nutritional grains. Unlike other
grains, it is a complete protein, meaning that it has the appropriate
balance of all essential amino acids. About 19 to 23% of chia seed weight is
- Chia seed is high in fiber, a 15 gm serving of chia seeds will provide 4
to 5 gm of fiber. Our body requires at least 35 gm of fiber a day to stay
- Chia seed contain boron which is essential for bone health.
- Chia seed is rich in calcium, about 2 oz of chia seeds contains 600 mg
of Calcium, as compared to 120 mg for a cup of milk.
- Chia seeds has 2 times more potassium than banana.
- Chia seeds has 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries.