Information and Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia is an edible plant, similar in look, size and texture of a poppy seed. Grown primarily in South America, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) is a member of the mint family. Most familiar are the novelty Chia Pets which grow sprouts from the seed. These highly nutritious seeds date back to 3500 BC, to the Aztecs and Mayans who made Chia a main component of their diets. It is believed that a small amount could sustain an individual for 24 hours, and was used medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and relieve joint pain and sore skin.

 

Chia, a whole grain, boasts the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids of any food on the planet, approximately 10 times greater than salmon. Higher in antioxidants than blueberries, five times the calcium of milk, twice the potassium of bananas, packed with iron, fiber, magnesium, and many more, the Chia seed is truly a super food.

 

Studies have shown that Chia added to the diet has a positive effect on diabetic people. Part of this is thought to be the way in which Chia seeds form a gel when hydrated. Therefore, when ingested, this helps slows the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and turn them in to sugar. Its' anti-inflamatory properties also help reduce blood pressure as well as many of the risk factors well known to cause cardiovascular disease.

 

Mixed with SweetDreams 72% cocoa solids pure dark chocolate, the Chia seed adds a terrific crunch in the chocolate. Mixed with fruits, nuts and spices, these are gourmet chocolate treats... that also have many health benefits. For additional information, please feel free to send us your questions at joel@fantasycandies.com or call 1-800-246-5528.

 

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