Chia Seed - Organic, Plant-Based Superfood Protein Containing Omega-3s | Vegan, Keto Friendly, Non-GMO, and Gluten Free
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For centuries, Native Peoples in the Americas have used chia seed as a staple food. Aztec warriors subsisted on chia seeds during battles and hunting expeditions. Indians of the Southwest would eat as little as a teaspoon of chia seeds during a 24-hour march. Indians ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade turquoise for shells, carrying only a pouch of chia seed for nourishment.
There are two colors of chia seeds, white and black. Both types contain essentially the same amount of omega-3, protein, fiber, etc.
- Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Keto-Friendly and Kosher.
- One ounce of chia seed contains as much omega-3 as 8-ounces of salmon, as much calcium as a cup of milk, as much fiber as 1/3 cup of bran, as much iron as 1/3 cup of spinach leaves, as much vitamin C as 2 oranges, and as much potassium as half a banana.
- Chia seed is a complete source of dietary protein providing all the essential amino acids. Compared to other seeds and grains, chia seed provides the highest source of protein: between 19 to 23 percent protein by weight.
- Rich source of calcium and also contains boron, which acts as a catalyst for the body to absorb and utilize the available calcium.
- One of the exceptional qualities unique to the chia seed is its ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. This ability to hold water can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion. Normal fluid retention ensures normal electrolyte dispersion across cell membranes, maintains fluid balances, and aids normal cellular function.
- When a spoonful of chia seed is mixed in a glass of water and left for 30 minutes, gelatin will form. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the chia seeds. Researchers believe this same gel-forming phenomenon occurs in the stomach when foods containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar and extending endurance.
- Chia seeds contain three to ten times the oil concentrations of most grains. The unsaturated fatty acids in chia seeds are essential oils the body needs to help emulsify and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Chia seeds are rich in the essential unsaturated fatty acid, linoleic. Chia seeds also contain beneficial long-chain triglycerides (LCT) in the right proportion to reduce cholesterol on arterial walls.
- You can eat the seeds right from the container, grind them, roast them, bake them, or drop them into your drinks or smoothies and they retain their nutritional benefits. You can even use these to make some delicious chia pudding!
- Add to granola, yogurt, energy bars, crackers, soups, sauces, dips, or breads, or sprinkle them on salads, pasta, and more!
Raw chia seed*
Shelf Life: 2 years
Country of Origin: Mexico, Bolivia, or Paraguay
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