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The power of chia seeds

 

Chia Seeds

This small seed was first used by the Aztecs and Mayans as early as 3500 BC and chia is the Mayan word for strength. These ancient cultures appreciated the nutritional benefits of this small superfood and their running messengers would survive for days on a small pouch of chia seeds.

Chia seeds are not in the modern diet because they are hard to grow commercially. Fortunately, Australia’s Kimberleys provide the perfect conditions to grow top quality chia seeds.

Why should we be eating chia seeds every day?

Happy Food

Our brain is 60% fat, which insulates nerve cells and enables communication between cells. Chia seeds provide 2.9g of omega 3 essential fatty acids per 15g serve. These omega 3 oils provide anti-inflammatory actions in our brain’s blood vessels and cells, thereby promoting good blood flow and enhancing positive mood.

Fibre for digestive health 

Chia seeds are 37% fibre, of which 20% is soluble, and 80% insoluble. Both types of fibre are vital for maintaining regular gut function and good intestinal health. This is more fibre than most foods.

Protein 

Chia seeds provide 20% protein and include all 8 amino acids to make it a complete protein. Daily protein intake is vital for every cell in our body so that our body builds and repairs tissue, and synthesises and regulates hormones. Chia seeds are a fantastic source of vegan protein and very versatile to include in our daily diet.

Powerful antioxidant

Antioxidants reduce free radical damage caused by pollution, sun damage and ageing. The antioxidant profile of chia seeds is impressive, gram for gram they contain four times that of fresh blueberries, another high antioxidant food.

Weight control 

Chia seeds absorb up to 16 times their weight in water and swell to form a thick gel when mixed with liquids. The high fibre content of this ancient seed slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar and provides a balanced slow release of energy, which keeps our blood glucose levels steady, reduces food cravings and keeps us full longer.

Gluten free  

With an increased demand for quality gluten free food, chia is an excellent source of wholegrain food. Even better, it can be eaten raw, directly from the packet, without grinding, soaking or cooking.


How to include chia into our diet 

  • Sprinkle chia raw on foods (e.g. breakfast cereals) as a nutrition booster
  • Add chia to muffins, cakes or casseroles
  • Drink chia in smoothies and milkshakes

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