Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica which is related to the mint plant.
Despite these seeds tasting bland they are considered a true superfood, with more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, an abundance of antioxidants and minerals; a complete source of protein and more fibre than flax seeds.
Chia seeds are commonly known as ‘runners food’. They are also ideal as part of a weight loss programme.
A 100-gram serving of chia seeds is high in the B vitamins thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and folate as well as being a rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium ,magnanese, phosphorous and zinc.
Chia seeds may be added to other foods as a topping or put into smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, granola bars or added to homemade bread.
When mixed with water, Chia seeds develop a gel like consistency. This gel can be used to replace as much as 25% of egg content and oil in cakes or other pastries.
country of origin – Bolivia
typical nutritional values per 100g:
energy 1825kj/436 kcal
fat 31.0g (saturates 3.0g)
carbohydrate 2.0g (of which sugars <0.1g)