I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but chia seeds are the talk of the town these days!
They’ve turned into a “trendy” food, but really, they’ve been around a long time.
This is taken directly from Wikipedia:
Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested it was as important as maize as a food crop. Ground or whole chia seeds are still used in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala for nutritious drinks and as a food source.
Whether you’ve been eating chia seeds since before they were cool, or you have yet to experience a chia seed pudding for the first time, let’s talk about why they’re so awesome.
Again, from Wiki:
According to the USDA, a one ounce (28 gram) serving of chia seeds contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese. These nutrient values are similar to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame.
Oh, and it’s full of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, the good fats that we want! They can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water, making it very hydrating. Also studies report that the fiber and protein content can slow digestion and help keep blood sugar levels balanced. They are full of nutrients and you can do a lot in the kitchen with them. For example, a pudding that can be eaten for breakfast or dessert or both!
That’s my pudding. It’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, non-gmo, and low-glycemic. If those words sound like another language to you, no worries. It matters to those of us who care, but I’m not here to preach about the “perfect” diet and what you “should” be eating.
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One thought on “What Are Chia Seeds Seeds And Why Should I Eat Them?”
Ohh I’ve never heard of these seeds, such an interesting post!