Chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, it is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.
It was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested that it was as important as maize as a food crop.
Like many Latin American foods it has now been discovered by the west.
It is still used in Mexico and Guatemala, with the seeds sometimes ground, while whole seeds are used for nutritious drinks and as a food source.
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
Don't forget if you want other seeds, especially in bulk quantities we stock them at Naturally Good Food.
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