A simple way to boost your nutrition…
What is chia? Chia seeds are truly the real deal when it comes to healthy eating. The tiny black and white seeds are naturally gluten free, packed with Omega 3, Fibre and are a great source of protein and many vitamins and minerals.
15g Chia = 5g Fibre + 3.2g Protein + 2.7g Omega 3
The beauty of them is that they are so small and subtle tasting, you can easily add them to any meal to boost nutrition. A fantastic little seed to fuel your day!
The seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant that grows close to the equator where they get their optimal growing condition. Chia seeds have a soft shell so there’s no need to grind them, your body can easily absorb and benefit from the nutrients within. But you can mill them using a cold-milling process so that no nutrients are lost. Some people prefer the powdered texture of the milled seeds and they are a great way to hide extra nutrition in kids’ meals – think smoothies, yogurts, baking.
Just add Chia to your favourite foods or drinks and enjoy as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Characteristics of Chia
– Little or no taste
The seeds are so tiny that they are easy to add to all the foods you already enjoy and although some detect a slight nuttiness, most people agree they have no taste.
– Long shelf life
Chia has a long shelf life as the natural antioxidants found in chia prevent the precious nutrients from going rancid and keeps them fresh. This enables ease of use as the seeds don’t need to be refrigerated.
Chia absorbs up to 10 times its weight in water.
– No need to grind
Chia’s soft shell means that the seeds don’t need to be ground like flax. Our bodies cannot break down flax’s hard shell so it needs to be ground before eating.
– Easily absorbed by the body
Chia has a soft outer shell which means that the body can easily digest the shell and readily absorb its nutrients.
Origin of Chia
Chia seeds are an ancient food of the Aztecs which was used for centuries as a medicine, energy enhancer, and endurance food. They were used by the mighty warriors to fuel epic battles across the canyons of Southern Mexico and Guatemala. The seeds were thought to have great healing powers and were so valued that they were even used as offerings to their gods. But then the Spanish Conquistadors arrived and obliterated the crops and the mighty chia seed disappeared along with the Aztecs. Until of course they were rediscovered recently and started being grown commercially so that people worldwide could benefit.
Quality of Chia
Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant (a member of the mint family) that is grown across South & Central America where proximity to the equator makes for ideal growing conditions. This is why chia can’t be grown in Europe. We are committed to the quality of our chia seeds. We have a long term relationship with one supplier in South America to ensure the highest quality standards are met. Further to this, we nutritionally analyse each batch of seeds to ensure they meet our strict nutritional criteria.
– Identifying Good Quality Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are always black or white in colour, never brown. The brown seeds are immature and don’t have the high levels of Omega 3 mature seeds contain. By buying Chia Bia branded seeds, we guarantee that the seeds you buy are high in Omega 3 and other nutrients.
The power of chia is in its nutrients!
Chia Seeds benefit your health because they are packed full of nutrients helping your body to function. The table below compares the level of nutrients in chia with other common nuts and seeds. Our Consultant Dietician Aveen Bannon has also helped explain about the nutrients in chia on our Nutritional Information page