Organic Chia Seeds are tiny titans of nutrition.
Organic chia seeds are one of the most popular whole foods around. These ancient seeds are a versatile ingredient in any whole food diet and hold a wide range of nutritional potential. Tiny, but powerful, these tasty seeds can be used for binding or to make a delicious pudding with a similar texture to semolina.
Aztec civilisations first grew organic chia seeds in the pre-columbian era. These tiny seeds were so coveted that Aztec people paid their priests and nobility with these special seeds as payment for taxes. They even ate chia seed for sustenance during endurance contests! Latin Americans are known to use chia as a bowel tonic because it sweeps through the digestive tract, cleansing as it goes.
Organic chia seed can easily be added to any meal for an impressive nutritional boost. After flaxseed chia has the highest content of omega-3 fatty acids in the plant based world. Soaking chia creates a gel which can be used in recipes to give a binding effect which can be particularly useful in vegan recipes.
Chia seeds are vegan, paleo and ketogenic friendly. If you haven’t used chia before then this chia parfait pot is a great place to start. Another tasty one to try is this Five Seed Oatcakes Recipe.
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The Nutritional Benefits of Organic Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese and a source of zinc and potassium.
Omega 3 (ALA) and Omega 6 (LA) Fatty Acids: ALA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Both essential fatty acids are needed for the normal growth and development of children (effect obtained with daily intake of 2g of ALA and 10g of LA).
Fibre: Fibre is needed for digestion and a healthy gut is essential to our overall well-being. An amazing 70% of your immune system resides in your gut.
Protein: Protein contributes to a growth in muscle mass but it also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. Adequate protein is essential for adults and children.
Phosphorus: This abundant mineral contributes to energy-yielding metabolism, function of cell membranes and the maintenance of bones and teeth.
Magnesium: This wonderful nutrient is often referred to as natures tranquilliser. It is necessary for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and electrolyte balance. It is also needed for normal nervous system and muscle function.
Calcium: You don’t need dairy to get calcium in your diet. Many plant based foods boast high levels of calcium. Calcium is needed for the normal maintenance of bones and teeth, digestive enzyme function and energy-yielding metabolism. It is also essential for blood clotting, muscle function and neurotransmission in the body.
Potassium: This essential nutrient contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, muscle function and the normal maintenance of blood pressure
Iron: It is vital to get enough iron and many whole foods contain high levels of it. Iron contributes to normal cognitive function, immune system function and the reduction of tiredness. It is also needed for energy-yielding metabolism, formation of red blood cells, transportation of oxygen and cell division.
Zinc: Zinc contributes to normal function of the immune system, DNA synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism and cognitive function. It is needed for maintenance of fertility and reproduction. It also protects cells from oxidative stress which is so important in a world where our bodies are exposed to so many toxins daily.
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*High in = 30% or more of RI (reference intake) per 100g
*Source of = 15% or more of RI (reference intake) per 100g
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