What are Chia Seeds ?

Chia seeds?

Chia is a desert-growing member of the mint family known as Salvia Hispanica L. This tiny package, the size of a poppy seed is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids, protein and the omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid.

Chia can be traced as a food as far back as 3500 B.C. and was part of the staple diet of the Aztec and Mayan civilisations. It was used as a food in many forms to fuel their gruelling physical activities, offered to their gods and used as a currency. Sadly when these civilisations disappeared in the 1500s Chia disappeared too. Its resurgence started in the 1990s when a team of agricultural engineers were looking for alternative crops that might grow well in northwest Argentina; Chia was one. After analysing it the team was staggered by the nutritional profile, it was at this point the re-emergence began.

Through its incredibly rich nutritional profile, Chia can help to redress the imbalances that exist in our diets today; leading to a healthier life and greater feeling of well-being. It has been associated with improvements in cardiovascular conditions, cholesterol, blood pressure, stabilising blood sugar levels, diabetes, digestive health, brain and nervous system health, immune system and inflammatory conditions. One of the great benefits of Chia is that it is suitable for everyone, male or female, young or old, active or inactive. As it mixes so well with food and is neutral in taste it really is starting to live up to its reputation of being one of the most versatile and nutritious whole foods in the world. Chia seeds are both black and white and have equal nutritional properties, the only difference being the colour of the flower from which they are harvested, purple or white. Chia UK Ltd has full traceability back to source for all the Chia seed they purchase.