Chia seeds look similar to sesame seeds but are dark in colour. The Chia plant has long been known to humans, being cultivated by the Aztecs, Mayans, Incas and others. It was a staple food for them and is considered as an important plant and food source for Native Americans. With the arrival of Europeans, diets changed and Chia came to be replaced by wheat and corn only coming back into popularity over the last 20 years or so.
Perfect for ... Drinks and Smoothies.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
High in Omega 3 fatty acids and so good for arthritis, osteoporosis, age-related dementia, fatigue as well as heart health. High in Vitamin C helping bones and teeth. Moderate volume carbs, good fibre and protein making us feel fuller longer, so good for not adding weight. Likely to be good for lowering Cholesterol but no scientific proof with humans as as far we know.
When mixed with an equal proportion of water, it can be used as to replace eggs, as with chickpea flour and flaxseeds. This makes it a great addition to recipes in vegan cooking or for anyone with an allergy to eggs.
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