Three Cheers for Chia!
Chia Seeds are from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family, and can be eaten raw or added to dishes. You can add chia to baked goods, breads, porridges, smoothies, and can be ground and added to water or milk. The familiar chia hair or sprouts can also be eaten and added to salads, sandwiches, and other dishes.
Numerous claims can be found in the media concerning chia. Chia being an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants are some of the proposed claims. Read More... "The Real Scoop on Chia". American Society of Nutrition, 3/19/12
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
• Good source of fiber and aids in weight loss
• Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids (more than flax seeds).
• Unlike flax seeds, they do not need to be ground to make nutrients available to body
• High in antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, proteins, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc
• Chia seed absorbs more than 12x its weight in water aiding in digestive health and hydration
• Long shelf life (up to 3 years)
• 3 Tsp of Chia Seeds will give you approximately 1 Tsp of omega 3 oils
• No fishy flavor like fish oils
• Gluten-free and raw