Chia Seeds are a functional food with multiple bodily benefits; improved digestion, increased energy and immunity and enhanced cardiovascular fitness.
Add one serving (1 scoop) to your favorite dish or drink for a nutritious boost.
We have the Mesoamerican culture to thank for discovering and cultivating these tiny seeds. Little did they know they developed a superfood for their grateful descendants.
Aztecs and Mayans ate these seeds for sustained energy. The Mayan word “chia” means “strength.” They are one of the healthiest foods on the planet; rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, essential amino acids and soluble fiber. This macronutrient power is packed into a microsized seed that can absorb 10-12 times its weight in water – something its many fans say makes them feel fuller and eat less.
Almost all of the carbohydrates in Chia Seeds are healthy soluble fiber which feeds friendly bacteria in our intestines, enabling gut flora to perform its critical role in proper digestion. Fiber slows digestion which, experts agree, improves the process. We all know that most of us don’t get nearly the recommended amount of dietary fiber. We can choose Chia Seeds to fortify our fiber needs.
One definition of “superfoods” is “they deliver maximum nutrients with minimum calories.”” Chia truly is a superseed. A single ounce contains: Fiber: 11 grams. Protein: 4 grams. Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s). And vitamins and trace minerals!
Chia Seeds are high in quality protein; nearly 20% in each seed. Importantly, they are a complete protein, with all 9 essential amino acids that can’t be made by the body. Chia Seeds are an excellent source of pure plant protein. Cheers for Chia!
Chia Seeds are high in antioxidants that protect their delicate fats from rancidity. Prevalent omega-3 fatty acids demonstrated “potent antioxidant activity” in one study and showed a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health in related research.