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Chia seed
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Origin: Chia is an edible seed from the desert plant Salvia hispanica. It grows abundantly in southern Mexico & is a member of the mint family. Ancient Aztec warriors are thought to have used it as rations, one teaspoon sustaining a warrior for 24 hours! The name chia is Mayan for strength or strengthening.

Nutrition: Vitamins: A, B, E, D Chia has a nutlike flavour, as with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yoghurt or salads, eat them as a snack or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods. You can also mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as chia fresca.

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids; they are 30% oil, of which 30% is omega 3 & 40% is omega 6. They also have approximately two times the protein concentration and up to ten times the oil concentration of other grains, and are digestible without grinding. Chia seeds also provide fibre (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fibre) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Chia seeds are small and have the unique feature of a shell that turns gelatinous when it gets wet. When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. (see recipe further down). This gel can be mixed with foods such as mayonnaise, sauces, jams, etc. Research suggests that this gel-forming reaction occurs in the stomach and is thought to create a barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes and slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar and prolonging endurance. Chia also acts as a sponge, absorbing toxins, lubricating the colon and strengthening peristaltic action, as such it is an appetite satisfier, so useful to dieters. It has also been valued for calming the nerves and strengthening the memory.

Storage: Chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. Store in a cool, dry place.

Chia Recipes The great thing about chia seeds is they can be added to almost any recipe. The only limiting factor is your imagination.

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