A simple way to boost your nutrition…
What is chia? Chia seeds are nutrient dense small black and white seeds, added to food to boost nutrition. Naturally gluten free and packed with Omega 3 & Fibre, chia is a great source of Protein, Vitamins and Minerals.
15g serving of Chia = 5g Fibre + 3g Protein + 3g Omega 3
Chia in it's whole & milled format is subtle tasting meaning you can easily add extra goodness to mealtimes!
Chia seeds are harvested from a purple and white flowering plant called Salvia hispanica L. This plant is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Optimal growing conditions are in regions close to the equator. Chia absorbs up to ten times its weight in water, which is ideal for a plant that grows in the desert.
Chia has a soft outer shell which are bodies can easily break down and absorb the nutrients. Some people prefer the flour like texture of milled seed. We mill the seeds using a cold-milling process so that no nutrients are lost. Milled chia is a great way to hide extra nutrition in kids’ meals!
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
Chia seeds are small and subtle tasting. They are easy to add to all the foods you already enjoy.
– Long shelf life
The natural antioxidants found in chia prevents the precious nutrients from going rancid and keeps them fresh for longer. Once opened the seeds don’t need to be refrigerated.
Chia absorbs up to ten times its weight in water (meaning you should drink more water when consuming it).
– No need to grind
Chia has a soft shell that the body can easily break down and absorb the nutrients.
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. You can buy high-quality chia seed via. our online shop.
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.
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