Chia Seeds, The Ultimate Omega 3 Source.

by admin on February 5, 2011

 

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds.

Do you realise how beneficial the little Chia seed is to our health? I’d like to share some interesting info about it.

The Chia Seed has been named ‘The New Superfood‘ and with all of its health giving qualities it’s easy to see why.

These little seeds are the highest known plant source of Omega 3 fats (8 times more than salmon) and contain both soluble and insoluble Fibre. They are also an excellent source of Antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals and Protein. They come in two colors, black and white, both with identical nutritional value. Chia seeds are gluten free and have earned the National Heart Foundation tick of approval.

Chia seeds have a delicious mild nutty flavour which gives them huge diversity, they can be sprinkled thru salads, over meals, cereal, porridge, or even add them to your smoothies. Obviously they could be added to cooking, however I choose not to recommend that, as the cooking process would destroy the nutritional value, as it does with all other foods.

Chia Gel: Mix one table spoon of Chia to a cup of water. Leave sit for 10 minutes and it forms a unique nourishing gel which can be added to smoothies, juices, herbal tea’s, soups, yogurts, salad dressings or sauces. This gel can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks in an airtight jar.

Here’s an interesting concept…add a teaspoon of Chia seed to your litre water bottle…..great talking point……frogs eggs. :)

 

Chia and Weight Loss: Omega 3’s and Protein are the two components that play a key role in linking Chia to weight loss. Why is this? It’s because these two components are required for growth and functional needs within the body. A diet high in Essential Fatty Acids and Protein = increased Metabolism which = less body fat formation. In addition to this, Chia gel can be used as a food extender: Bulk up various foods like yogurt, soups, etc making them more filling, more nutritious, and with very few extra calories.

 

What a great way of providing our body with these essential components, I love this little seed. For an extensive source of Chia health information as well as Certifications, Research and Approvals check out the Chialive site.

A little History on the Chia seed: They were first used as food as early as 3500 BC and were one of the main dietary components of the Aztecs and the Mayans. Chia seeds were eaten as a grain, drunk as a beverage when mixed with water, ground into flour, included in medicines, pressed for oil and used as a base for face and body paints.

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To Ultimate Health and Harmony

 



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