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A Miracle Food Chia
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Chia is one of those little miracles of this century that dates back to the ancients as a wonder food. Chia is a super energy food rich in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 oil and fiber & vegetarian. Who could ask for more? You might remember the Chia Pet, and yes, these are the seeds that we used to create them. Unfortunately, we did not pick up on the Chia Pet’s magic. You can eat these seeds and drink them and cook with them and get all the great benefits of a food that dates back to ancient times.
The word chia is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily. The present Mexican state of Chiapas received its name from the Nahuatl "chia water or river."
Chia is an annual herb growing to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, with opposite leaves 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) long and 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) broad. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem. Chia is hardy from USDA Zones 9-12. Many plants cultivated as S. hispanica are actually S. lavandulifolia.
Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25-30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA). Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 1 mm (0.039 in). They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white.
Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, and the southwestern United States, but is not widely known in Europe. According to folklore, chia seeds were grown as a crop by the Nahua (Aztec) cultures of Central Mexico.
Today, chia is grown commercially in its native Mexico, and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Australia and Guatemala. In 2008, Australia was the world's largest producer of chia. A similar species, golden chia, is used in the same way but is not grown commercially for food. Salvia hispanica seed is marketed most often under its common name "Chia," but also under several trademarks.
The Chia Pet makes use of chia seeds to sprout.
In 2009, the European Union approved chia seeds as a novel food, allowing up to 5% of a bread product's total matter.
Chia seed may be eaten raw as a whole seed, providing protein, fats and fiber. Ground chia seed is sometimes added to pinole, a coarse flour made from toasted maize kernels. Chia seeds placed in water or fruit juice are consumed in Mexico and known as chia fresca. The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.
Chia sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular U.S. cultural icon of the Chia Pet.
Nutrient content and potential health benefits
In a one ounce (28 g) sample, dried chia seeds contain 9% of the Daily Value for protein (4g), 13% fat (9g) (57% of which is ALA) and 42% dietary fiber (11g), based on a daily intake of 2000 calories. The seeds also contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium in amounts comparable to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame.
Although some research indicates potential for dietary health benefits in certain disease conditions, this work remains sparse and inconclusive.
Where can you buy them http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/premium.html
Good Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds
Reasons you should start using Chia
1. Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
2. Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
3. Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body.
4. Reduce your blood pressure: There's evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
5. Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
6. Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
7. They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don't need to be ground up.
Here are some great ways to enjoy chia seeds:
· They can be eaten raw. (They have a nice "nutty" flavor.)
· They can be soaked in fruit juice (in Mexico, they call this "chia fresca").
· They're perfect in porridges and puddings.
· They make an ideal addition to baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.
How Many Chia Seeds Should You Eat? We recommend two daily doses of about 20 g each (1.5 ounces total).
Delicious chia recipes:
· Chocolate Truffles with Chia Seeds (Gluten Free)
· Apricot Truffles with Chia Seeds (Gluten Free)
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