Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, it is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. It was cultivated by the Aztecs, and used as a food back in the 15th century. ‘Chia’ is actually the mayan word for strength. The seeds were used by these ancient cultures as a mega-energy food, expecially for their running messengers. In Mexico they say that 1 tablespoon of chia seeds can sustain a person for 24 hours!
Chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and in a 28 gm sample (approx. 3 tbsp) it is said to contain:
The seeds absorb water and create a mucilaginous gel. Because of the high antioxidant content, the seeds stay stable for longer, compared to flax for example that may turn rancid. Chia can be stored for 4-5 years without detioriation.
Now, for some of it’s medicinal benefits:
Due to their water-absorption quality, it can help prolong hydration and the retaining of electrolytes, especially during exertion.
There is no nutritional difference between black and white chia seeds.
This is more dependent on where and how they’re grown.
That’s all well & good… but, what’s the best way to eat them?
Check out the zesty, sweet dessert here & a few other ideas.