Chia seeds

What are chia seeds and where do they come from?
Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant, a member of the mint family, which comes from Central and South America. Chia seeds are known as a source of energy.

Nutritional benefits of chia seeds
For such a small seed, chia seeds contain some important nutrients.

Chia seeds are rich in fibre – which helps with satiety, the feeling of fullness. A 25g portion of chia seeds contains approximately 9g of fibre. The daily recommended amount of fibre is 30g, so including a 25g portion of chia seeds each day could be a useful contribution. Fibre is important for a healthy digestive system and many of us do not reach the recommended target.
Although, only similar in size to a poppy seed, they contain:

Omega-3- Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects, as well as enhancing brain and heart health. Chia seeds contain omega-3 in the plant form: alpha linolenic acid (ALA). Therefore the omega-3 content of chia seeds, compared to animal sources such as oily fish contains DHA in the animal form, is low.
– All 9 essential amino acids
– Rich in iron
– Vitamins and minerals
– Fibre
– Antioxidants

NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF CHIA SEED PER 100G

Protein              2.8g

Carbohydrates    6.5g

Fats                   4.7g

Calories                79

Cooking purposes: chia seeds may be used in breakfast cereals, oatmeals, yoghurt, soups and many more.

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