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Chia Seeds-The Perfect Food

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    Chia Seeds-The Perfect Food!

    Are Chia seeds good for me?

    Mexican Chia, native to Southern Mexico and Central America, is part of the mint family and can grow up to 4 feet tall. As far back as 3500 B.C, chia seeds were a significant part of the Aztec diet, as well as a form of currency for trade. While the leaves of the chia plant are not valuable, it is the actual seed that packs the nutritional punch. Containing up to 25% omega-3 fatty acids including ALA (alpha-linolenic acid.), they are also protein and fiber rich, making them a near-perfect food source or "superfood."
    Just one ounce of seed contains approximately 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber. Chia seeds do not spoil quickly due to their high level of anti-oxidants. When the seeds are soaked, they become gelatinous. Once consumed, they form a gel in your stomach which slows the progression of carbohydrates and sugars in digestion (keeping you full longer) as well as helping to keep your electrolytes in balance.
    Grind them up and add nutritional valute to breads, cereals and baked goods. In Mexico, chia seeds are used to make Chia Fresca, which is water or juice with chia seeds or Pinole, a meal or flour made from dried maize (a type of corn) and chia seeds. The sprouted seeds (note grown like a "Chia Pet") can be used in salads, sandwiches or as a garnish. We do not recommend consuming the sprouts from your Chia Pet, however.

    • 1. Mexican Chia, native to Southern Mexico and Central America, is part of the mint family and can grow up to 4 feet tall.
    • 2. As far back as 3500 B.C, chia seeds were a significant part of the Aztec diet, as well as a form of currency for trade.
    • 3. While the leaves of the chia plant are not valuable, it is the actual seed that packs the nutritional punch.
    • 4. Containing up to 25% omega-3 fatty acids including ALA (alpha-linolenic acid.), they are also protein and fiber rich, making them a near-perfect food source or "superfood."
    • 5. Just one ounce of seed contains approximately 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber.
    • 6. Chia seeds do not spoil quickly due to their high level of anti-oxidants.
    • 7. When the seeds are soaked, they become gelatinous.
    • 8. Once consumed, they form a gel in your stomach which slows the progression of carbohydrates and sugars in digestion (keeping you full longer) as well as helping to keep your electrolytes in balance.
    • 9. Grind them up and add nutritional valute to breads, cereals and baked goods.
    • 10. In Mexico, chia seeds are used to make Chia Fresca, which is water or juice with chia seeds or Pinole, a meal or flour made from dried maize (a type of corn) and chia seeds.
    • 11. The sprouted seeds (note grown like a "Chia Pet") can be used in salads, sandwiches or as a garnish.
    • 12. We do not recommend consuming the sprouts from your Chia Pet, however.

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