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Chia Seeds - Do They Live Up To The Hype?
Written by L.D. Ramirez (info sourced from Wikipedia and a BBC News article by Jo Lewin)
Cultivated by the Aztecs in South America as early as the 16th Century, chia seeds have been rediscovered and are now regarded as one of the world's superfoods.
Chia seeds are the edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family. One of the three most important crops in ancient Aztec civilization (the other two being maize and beans), it was even used as a form of currency.
Along with quinoa (another superfood), they gained popularity around 2010 with health-conscious people looking for diet-friendly alternatives to traditional carbohydrate sources like rice, corn, and potatoes. They've only skyrocketed in popularity since then, being easy to eat (just soak them with water, juice, or milk) and relatively spoilproof (keeping for as long as 5 years when stored properly).
Dried chia seeds contain 6% water, 42% carbohydrates, 16% protein, and 31% fat. They are a good source of the B vitamins thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and folate, and are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids which help enhance brain and heart health.
It doesn't stop there. They also pack a lot of fiber, helping to curb the appetite and promoting digestive health. No wonder they're loved by athletes and fitness fanatics.
So, do chia seeds live up to the hype? The answer is an emphatic yes. Go try them out today!