Where does Chia come from?
Chia is a seed, native to Mexico and was used by Aztec warriors to sustain their hunger and give them long lasting energy back in the day. Many people lived solely off of chia seeds when there was nothing else to eat. The Aztec and Mayan people still use chia today; agua fresca con chia is still a very popular drink today all over Mexico.
Nutrients in Chia
Chia seeds are filled with omega 3 fatty acids, actually they contain more omega 3 than flax seeds. Their hard exterior helps preserve the fatty acids much longer than flax can, so they are more stable than flax seeds.
Chia seeds contain many antioxidants, which help block the oxidation of chemical reaction’s in the body. Therefore reducing the possibility of disease in the body. The seeds also contain high amounts of fibre for healthy bowels and contain a great absorbable source of iron and magnesium. The high amounts of magnesium have been known to relax the muscles and bowels, alleviate muscle pain and constipation.
Chia helps reduce inflammation in the body, balance blood pressure and balance high blood sugar. Really, I don’t see a negative thing with the chia seed, it really is a great whole food to incorporate into your life.
What to do with Chia
When added to water it forms a gel like substance. The downfall to chia is that the seeds get stuck in your teeth like mad. So most of the time I like to grind them. I sprinkle them over my oatmeal in the morning, make a delicious Chocolate and Banana Chia Pudding, add them to muffins and sometimes to my yogurt in the morning with fresh berries.