“In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon spinach and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they are super packed with omega 3s, 6s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber, and antioxidants.” Christopher McDougall

Even though they're tiny, chia seeds contain a big amount of Omega-3, 6 y 9, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber, and antioxidantes.

 

 

History

Salvia hispánica, that wild plant with purple flowers, also known as chia, is originary from Mexico and was cultivated since the mayan and the aztec empire. Chia seeds were one of the 4 principal foods in these civilizations along with the corn, amaranth and beans.

Mayans offered chia seeds to the gods, thanking them for the crops. In "nahuatl" dialect, the word "chiactic" means oily or greasy and the actual southern state of Mexico, Chiapas, means “Chia water”.

Chia was a source of energy for long crossings and food for warriors, that is why it is also known as the food for long walks. Leyend says that an aztec warrior coud sustain for a whole day in the battle with only one spoon of chía seeds.

The Spanish conquest almost finished with chia seeds because it became a forbidden food because of its use in Aztec religion and culture.

However, crops survived and were cultivated by the Central Tarahumara Indians. These are known for their ability to run a hundred miles a day, and sustain themselves in chia seeds .

Today, chia seeds are growing in popularity among athletes, people with an active lifestyle and health conscious.

 

 

Benefits

Chia seed are popular for its high content of healthy oils, but also because they're a source of other nutrients important for health as antioxidants, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Chia seeds are a superfood, a complete food.

Chia seeds contain:

Chia seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries. These include chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin, beta carotene (vitamin E), and tocopherol (vitamin E).

If you consume chia:

You will feel full and you contribute to your body essential amino acids (phenylalanine, methionine, histidine, tryptophan, threonine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, valine).

Chia is the plant source with higher content of Omega-3.

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