Diet related disease is rife in our communities and illnesses like diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity are on the increase. Making a change to the way the world eats is of international health concern and should matter to all of us.
A little seed that can help make that change is Chia.
Born in the fertile landscape of central Mexico at a latitude of 15 degrees from the equator, Chia seeds were grown and eaten as early as 3500BC by the Mayans and Aztecs.
An incredibly versatile seed, they relied on Chia seeds as a prime source of nutrition and as a mega-energy food. The running messengers of the day would carry a pouch with them at all times so they could keep their strength up – without weighing themselves down. Perhaps that’s why they gave this special seed the name ‘Chia,’ or ‘strength’ in Mayan.
Today Chia is available around the world. As the highest combined source of Omega 3, protein, fibre and antioxidants of any food from nature, it doesn’t need to be cooked or ground to eat in fact it’s the only wholegrain that can be eaten directly from the plant.
Benefits of the base nutrition in Chia:
Research has shown that Omega 3 ALA can be beneficial for lowering cholesterol, maintaining artery function and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research has also shown that Omega 3 ALA supports joint function and mobility. The Heart Foundation recommends at least 2mg of Omega 3 ALA for every person every day.
Chia contains very high levels of dietary fibre, (37.5%), of both soluble 20% and insoluble 80%. Diets high in fibre have been shown to reduce the risk of diet related diseases. The soluble fibre is on the outside of the Chia Seed which causes it to absorb 16 times its weight in water, forming a thick gel and keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
Chia contains a very high quality plant based protein that contains all eight essential amino acids, very rare for a vegetarian source of protein.
What‘s also great about Chia is that it provides base nutrition for your day, so you know you’re getting your Omega 3, protein, fibre and antioxidants from a single serve. So if you struggle to eat enough of these essential nutrients through other food choices, Chia can provide you with the base nutrition you require. Add a tablespoon of Australian grown Chia to your breakfast – porridge, cereal or in a smoothie. Chia seeds have virtually no taste and you don’t have to change the way you eat to include chia, just add it to the foods you already enjoy for increased nutrition.
From the Honnestly Healthy website...