What’s all the fuss about chia seeds? Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family and originated in Mexico as early as 3500 B.C. They are currently harvested in Mexico, South America and Australia. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that has a mild, nutty flavor, similar to poppy seeds.
Nutritional benefit of chia seeds:
- known to boost energy
- rich source of omega-3 ALA, providing about 2400 mg per tablespoon
- good source of soluble fiber (about 5 grams per tablespoon)
- rich in the flavonoid quercetin
- high in protein (4 grams per tablespoon)
- high in calcium (177 mg per tablespoon)
- also contain phosphorus, potassium, zinc and manganese
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Chia seeds can be added to both foods and beverages by sprinkling on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt and mixed into drinks and baked goods.
Note: Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be readily absorbed by the body as seeds and do not need to be ground. They are also a bit pricy, running about $10 per pound.
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