Chia seeds may be tiny, but they are incredibly rich in nutrients and are highly nutritious. A staple in the ancient Aztec and Maya diets, Chiaseeds are tiny black or white seeds from the desert plant Salvia hispanica,a member of the mint family.They are believed to be native to Central America and are packed with nutrients! Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain over 4 grams of protein, over 8 grams of fat, almost 10 grams of fiber and only 138 calories.
Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which are important for maintaining good bone mineral density as well vitamin B1 (thiamine) and B3 niacin).Chia seeds are thought to be a better source of calcium than dairy products; calcium is an important mineral that contributes to healthy bone, muscle, and nerve functioning.
When compared gram for gram, chia seeds are also an excellent source of antioxidants. These antioxidants not only protect the sensitive fats in chia seeds from going rancid but also benefit human health by neutralizing reactive molecules known as free radicals, which can damage cell compounds if they build up in the body.
Chia seeds are gluten-free and vegan and are also high in soluble fiber and omega-3s which is another reason they make a healthy food choice. Chia seeds are mild tasting and are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet as you can add them, as is, to pretty much anything. You do not need to grind, cook, or otherwise prepare them, making them a handy addition to recipes. Enjoy them raw, soaked or cooked in your favourite recipes.