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Chia Seed – the Superfood

Chia Seeds

 

Origin of chia

KETO Chia and conquestadorsThese tiny black seeds were first used in central Mexico by the Aztecs as early as 3500 B.C. They were so appreciated that Aztecs offered chia seeds to their gods during religious ceremonies.

Besides being a key raw material for medicines, chia was one of the main nutritional components of the Aztec diet, serving as a high-energy food –food for warriors. Chia was mixed with other foods, mixed with water, drunk as beverage, ground into flour, and pressed for oil.  Chia flour could be stored several years, making it a mainstay on long trips.

Spanish conquerors in 1500s banned production and consumption of chia and deliberately eliminated it because of its close association with the local religion.

 

Chia production today

Chia survived only in remote areas of Mexico for the last 500 years. In early 1990s, western scientists, nutritionists and agriculturalists began collaborating in commercial production of chia in Argentina. Today chia is grown in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and recently in Australia.

In southern California where I live, chia is a native crop. In back country of San Diego County, chia enthusiasts harvest chia with traditional methods, using a seed-beaters woven from willow and other local basketry plants. The seeds are collected in a basket, then sieved to separate them from inedible plant matter.

 

Properties of chia seeds

Chia seed is a gift from our Creator. It actually got its name from the Aztec word for “strength,” and that is for good reason!

Chia seeds are extremely healthy, which is why they’re known as a superfood! It is incredible what chia seed can do for us, from boosting energy to lowering “bad” cholesterol. Diabetes and other auto-immune diseases run rampant in our communities. We need to develop a relationship with this superfood, and that’s what we’re promoting here.

KETO Chia Plant 

Nutrition:

Valued as an ideal energy source for athletic endurance, chia is considered a “superfood.” Chia seeds have maximum nutrients with minimal calories. Chia seed is rich in protein, lipids, calcium, fiber and antioxidants. Chia seed is low in sodium, has fewer carbs than any other grains.

 

  Average per 10 grams
Energy 192 kJ (45 kcal)
Protein 2.0 g
Fat, total 3.4 g
  Saturated 0.4 g
  Monounsaturated 0.3 g
      Omega 5 3.4 mg
      Omega 7 3.5 mg
      Omega 9 201.1 mg
  Polyunsaturated 2.6 g
      Omega 3 1.9 g
      Omega 6 0.7 g
Carbohydrates 3.7 g
Sugars 0.0 g
Fibre 3.6 g
Calcium 50 mg
Potassium 50 mg
Magnesium 29 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Phosphorous 60 mg

 


Omega 3

Chia contains high amounts of antioxidants which makes it a very stable source of omega 3. It is the highest plant source of omega 3 essential acids, even beating fish oils. Chia seed has 8 times more omega 3 than salmon.

 

Calcium
Chia seed contains 5 times more calcium than milk.

 

Protein
Chia contains 23 % protein; chia seed possesses two to four times more plant protein than other traditional cereals such as …

  • wheat (13.7 %),
  • corn(9.4 %),
  • rice(6.5 %),
  • oats (16.9 %), and
  • barley(12.5 %).

 

Iron
The safest way of receiving our much needed micro-nutrient “iron” without experiencing constipation, is to eat chia seeds. Chia has high iron content; per 100 grams, chia has …

  • 6 times more iron than spinach
  • 1.8 times more iron than lentils spinach, and
  • 2.4 times more iron than beef liver.

 

Antioxidants and vitamins and minerals
Chia contains high amounts of antioxidants which enables us to store chia seed and flour for extended periods of time without becoming rancid.  Chia seed is also a good source of B vitamins.

 

Digestion:

KETO Chia seeds 2Chia seed is super easy for us to digest and does not need to be ground up.

Chia has high fiber content; per 100 grams, chia seeds boast …

  • 1.6 times more fiber than barley,
  • 2.3 times more fiber than wheat,
  • 2.6 times more fiber than oats,
  • 8.3 times more fiber than corn, and
  • 9.8 times more fiber than rice.

Because of its high fiber content, it helps tremendously with our digestive issues.

The way chia seeds bulk up when mixed with liquid helps cleanse our intestines.

 

Prevention of blood sugar spikes:

When ingested, chia seed helps regulate the speed at which sugar enters our blood stream; therefore helps prevent blood sugar spikes.

 

Hydration:

Chia seed has the ability to retain 12 times its weight in water.

Chia seeds helps us stay hydrated longer, especially when they are directly added to our favorite drink mixes along with pure citric acid crystals from lemon, stevia, and essential oils for flavor.

 

Sprouting chia seeds

Don’t get bummed if you receive a Chia Pet on your birthday  or as a Christmas gift. You can eat your Chia Pet.

While sprouting chia seeds eliminates come nutriants, chia sprouts offer other great benefits to our health.

Once sprouted, we get from chia most importantly the added benefit of chlorophyll (the source of the “green” of the leaf). Chlorophyll is a powerful blood cleanser, blood builder, and cancer inhibitor. It replenishes and increases our red blood cell count and increases the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen and deliver us increased levels of oxygen.

In  conclusion

We use chia seeds as regular part of MyKetoPal’s Self-Healing ketogenic food plan.

MyKetoPal’s Self-Healing ketogenic food plan recipes include …

  • Sprinkling chia seeds over salads,
  • Adding chia seeds to ketogenic fat bombs,
  • Adding chia seeds to our favorite drink mixes,
  • Adding chia seeds to our favorite egg omelets, and
  • Adding “sprouted” chia micro-greens to our salads and guacamole.

 

 

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