Chia seeds or Aztec sage seeds are becoming increasingly frequent ingredients, which is no wonder as they have numerous beneficial effects and a wide range of applications.
Chia seeds originated in South America. The plant yielding small, black or gray, oval-shaped seeds was already widely cultivated prior to the time of Columbus and was considered as valuable as corn. It was also known as the food of runners as messengers often carried a handful of chia seeds with them as sustenance in order to make sure that the important messages they carried would reach their destination.
Chia seeds are rich in nutrients. They are a great source of protein, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Additionally, they contain numerous vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, which also increase their value. Numerous beneficial effects are attributed to chia seeds, for example, they support the health of the nervous system, the cardiovascular system and also have a good effect on digestion. Additionally, as they have a very low carbohydrate and high fiber content, they are suitable for those with diabetes.
It is not recommend using more than 15g of chia seeds per day as excessive use can result in digestive system conditions.
Chia seeds have a strong water retention feature and are capable of swelling to ten times their originate mass. This forms a gel-like substances that is suitable for replacing eggs when making pasta, pastries or patties.
Chia pudding is becoming increasingly popular as it can be made in many different ways and flavors. They can also be used in a range of pastries. The small, black seeds can also be added to shakes, smoothies, soups, porridge, granola bars, breads and pastries.
Ingredients: chia seeds
Nutritional information (Typical values per 100g):
||1586 kJ / 379 kcal
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Storage: Store in a cool and dry place!
Country of origin: Paraguay.