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Long Live the Chia
Who would have thought that the 80’s most re-gifted present would become one of today’s most coveted “Super Foods”? If I only knew then what I know now!
Loyal consumers still enjoy secrets the Mayans and Aztecs knew as early as 3500 BC. They consumed chia seeds regularly, grinding them into flour, pressing for oil and drinking with water. Chia seeds were considered magical because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.
According to The Huffington Post Canada, these tiny seeds pack big benefits:
- 1 ounce (about two tablespoons) of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber – more than one cooked artichoke
- Chia seeds are among the richest plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. 4 ounces of salmon contains only 1.5-2.3 grams!
- When mixed with liquids, chia seeds can replace eggs in food and baked goods, which lowers cholesterol and increases their nutritional value
- Chia seeds contain amino acid Tryptophan, which helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood
- Chia seeds are gluten-free but possess many of the nutritional benefits of grains