Product: Chia Seeds
Latin Name: Salvia hispanica
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Mexican Chia, Water Chia, Anutra, Cheela, Chia Sage, Chian, Chien, Mila, Purisalv, Sachia, Charahuesca, Ichukuta and Tresalbio.
Description: Chia seeds come from a plant from the same genus as sage, the plants Latin name is Salvia hispanica more commonly known as Mexican Chia. It is an annual herb native to southern and central parts of Mexico and Guatemala that grows to a height of up to 1 metre. The leaves are opposite, mid-green in colour, 4-8cm in length and are broadly ovate with pointed tips and serrated edges. The 2-lipped, hermaphrodite flowers form whorls of racemes on the top part of the stems and are azure-blue in colour, sometimes white. Chia seeds are approximately 1mm in diameter and obovoid in shape and creamy white to dark brown in colour with black ‘crazed’ marbling.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that Chia seeds are complete protein source? They provide all the essential amino acids that the human body needs in one easily digestible form. They are a good source of soluble fibre, 1 tablespoon of chia seed can provide approximately 5g of fibre, chia also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, K and folic acid, and the seeds are also rich in minerals including boron, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulphur and zinc.
Chia seeds, like flax seeds, are 'hydrophilic' in nature, this means that chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, forming a thick mucilaginous gel 30 minutes after consumption. The seeds are currently undergoing research as a potential means of supressing the appetite, researchers have discovered that chia seed can actually slow down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbohydrates into sugar, making it especially beneficial for diabetics and others with blood sugar issues.
Ingredients: Whole dried seeds of Salvia hispanica.
Allergy Advice: Chia seeds contain a naturally occurring source of salicylates and are best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet. If you have an allergy to sesame or mustard seeds then avoid consuming chia seeds. People taking blood pressure medication or blood thinners should avoid consuming chia seed due to the fact that they contain a high level of omega-3 which acts as a blood thinner and can lower blood pressure.
SUGGESTED USEChia seeds contain a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, they can be eaten on their own as a snack or added whole to bread, cakes, biscuits and cereals or the seeds can be ground and used as a gluten free flour source. The seeds can also be sprouted and added to salads, soups and sandwiches.
In Mexico chia seeds are used to make a popular drink called a ‘Fresca’ to make your own add 1 tablespoon of chia seed to 250ml of water, coconut water or fruit juice and sweeten to taste, let the seeds sit in the liquid for around 10 minutes, give the drink a shake and drink. The seeds can sink to the bottom of the drink so shake the container (with a lid on of course) in-between drinking to evenly distribute the seeds in the drink.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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