Chia seeds are gluten-free, the world's highest source of omega-3, rich in protein and fiber, full of antioxidants and minerals, the list of virtues of the chia seed is long, To dethrone the popular flaxseed. This complete seed is so easy to add in its diet that there is no reason to do without it!
Other uses of chia seeds:
Used as an excellent food for birds, especially in periods of illness and debility, and in periods of mating and ovulation.
Used as a natural decorative element for cakes.
You can find out more about the benefits of chia seeds from here. You can also check how to use chia seeds from here.
Gluten-free, the world's highest source of omega-3, rich in protein and fiber, full of antioxidants and minerals, the list of virtues of the chia seed is long, To dethrone the popular flaxseed. This complete seed is so easy to add in its diet that there is no reason to do without it!
The chia seed (Salvia Hispanica) belongs to the family of sage, and is native to the central valley of Mexico. In pre-Columbian times, it was the third plant food source after corn and beans. It also served as an offering to the Aztec gods.
Ignored for centuries, it was finally rediscovered in the 1990s and since then it has been praised for its many benefits.
Nutrition and Benefits
Chia is an excellent source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: only 2 tablespoons (20 grams) is enough to satisfy 100% of the body's daily needs in omega-3!
Chia is rich in fiber, which plays an important role in the regulation of intestinal transit. Chia seeds absorb more than 10 times their weight in water, which brings a sense of satiety. In 2 tablespoons (20 g) of chia, 7 g of fiber are found. The fibers in chia seeds can lower blood cholesterol levels.
Chia is an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of phosphorus. Phosphorus plays a role in the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth.
As a complete food, calcium and zinc are also found in chia seeds.
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The Aztecs used the chia to activate saliva and to relieve joint or integumentary pain. For example, they deposited chia seeds on wounds to prevent infections and help heal.
Chia seeds: Use and use
Chia seeds are easy to integrate into the daily diet, and it is not necessary to grind the seeds to enjoy their benefits. Their taste is very light, so that they do not alter the flavors of your dishes. Add chia to your smoothies, juices, lemonades and other beverages, or in your soups, salads and sauces. Sprinkle the chia on your grits, yogurt and cereal. Use chia in your cake recipes as a substitute for eggs or as a gluten-free thickener.
Allergy to eggs?
Chia seeds are an excellent substitute for eggs, at the rate of 1 tablespoon of seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water for the equivalent of an egg. For best results, use ground chia seeds.
Did you know?
With its exceptional nutritional value and high protein content, chia seed was used as a survival food by Aztec warriors. It was said that a tablespoon of chia could keep a warrior in shape for 24 hours. Moreover, the word chia in the Mayan language means 'force'.
Chia seeds in Arabic
Chia grains or seeds are a relatively new food in the Arab world since this small grain originates in South America and is not cultivated in the Arab countries, and can not be grown. Import is the only channel for chia seeds to Arab countries. Without looking very far, in Arabic, the nomination of the seeds of chia bears the same name:
They are called بذور الشيا
You can click on بذور الشيا or simply change the language to read the benefits of this little grain in Arabic.