Pronounced CHEE-ah, this highly nutritious seed has been aptly named, “History’s Forgotten Superfood”. Lost for over 500 years after the Spanish invasion of the 16th century, Chia is finally making a comeback due to its outstanding nutritional profile.
Unlike any other food, Chia provides all that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein, as well as vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, boron and copper. It is also a rich source of protective antioxidants and phytonutrients: No wonder it is called a Superfood!
Chia is the richest known plant source of omega 3 fatty acids. Adding just 2 tablespoons of Chia to your daily diet provides an incredible 5 grams of Omega 3 – this is 8 times more than you get from eating Salmon!
Chia is up to 40% fibre (5% soluble, 35% insoluble). It forms a gel-like substance when mixed with water, which is easily digestible and incredibly beneficial. The high fibre content helps moderate blood glucose levels, reduce cravings, lower cholesterol, regulate bowel movements and facilitate weight loss: It even promotes the growth of friendly bacteria, or probiotics, which boost the immune system and maintain the natural balance of healthy digestive system.
2 tablespoons of Chia seeds provides approximately 7 grams of dietary fibre with minimal calories. There is only 1g of usable carbohydrate per 100g!
Chia is about 20 – 23% protein, which gives it an amazing protein to carbohydrate ratio of 1:2. It contains all 9 essential amino acids (the ones our body cannot produce itself e.g. lysine) in a balance optimally suited to a human’s needs.
The black variety of Chia definately trumps the white variety due to the fact that it contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-cancer and other body protecting antioxidants. Its ORAC count is 9900 (exceptionally high for a seed) and it even gives a few of the antioxidant-rich berries a run for their money.
How do I eat it?
For all its power Chia is remarkably mild tasting. You can literally add it to anything, and instead of changing the flavour, it will enhance it.
- 15 x more Magnesium than broccoli
- 5 x more Calcium than milk
- 8 x more Omega 3 than salmon
- 2 x more Iron than spinach
- More Potassium than banana
- More Antioxidants than blueberries, strawberries and cranberries
- 20% Complete Vegetable Protein
- Up to 40% Fibre content
- Gluten free
- Pesticide free