Raise a big cheer for chia! These tiny black dots, from a plant in the mint family, normally come to us from south America, where theyve been grown since the time of the Aztecs. This superfood is a complete protein, full of antioxidants and minerals, and stuffed with nutty fibre. Nibble them, sprinkle them over food, stir them into baking, or grind them to a thick porridge. They thicken and boost absolutely anything you fancy.
Chia seeds were cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested that it was as important as maize as a food crop.
100% Chia (Salvia hispanica) seeds
|Typical Values Per 100g|
|of which saturates (g)||3.3|
For some time there had been rules against the sale of Chia seeds, but in 2009, the European Union approved chia seeds as a novel food, allowing up to 5% of a bread product's total weight.
In a one-ounce (28 g) sample, dried chia seeds contain 9% of the Daily Value for protein (4g), 13% fat (9g) (57% of which is ALA) and 42% dietary fiber (11g), based on a daily intake of 2000 calories. The seeds also contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium in amounts comparable to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame
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