Chia Seeds, Black, Organic

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Chia was the third most important crop cultivated by Aztecs, preceded by corn and beans and was an integral part of the staple diet of Aztec athletes and warriors. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants which boost the immune system and are a rich source of omega 3s, fibres, proteins, and magnesium.

 

History and Origins

The cultivation of chia as a source of food can be traced to the 3500 B.C. The Mayans were perhaps the first to appreciate truly the amazing benefits of the seeds of this plant and rightfully called it chiabaan which means to strengthen.’ When the Aztecs discovered this wonderful plant, they called it chian meaning oily’, based on the appearance and texture of the small seeds.

Chia almost disappeared in the 16thcentury with the conquest of the Aztec empire. Hernán Cortés recognized that the strength of the Aztec army depended heavily on the cultivation of Chia. A part of his strategy was to wipe out this “superfood’ cultivated in the central valley of Mexico. It is believed that this is one of the core reasons why Cortés’ army of five hundred soldiers was able to bring the downfall of an empire of almost five million people.

After overthrowing the Aztecs, the Spaniards banned all cultures and traditions of the fallen empire. This included the cultivation of Chia. This wondrous plant almost disappeared and was rarely talked about till until a couple of decades ago, when nutritionists rediscovered the amazing benefits of Chia seeds.

Interesting Facts

Chia plant belongs to the mint family and was primarily cultivated in Mexico. In fact, the state of Chiapas in Mexico is named after this amazing plant and can be translated to mean – “the river where Chia sage grows’.

Aztec mythology claims that Chia seeds sprouted out of the nose of Cinteotl, the God of Maize.

Aztecs valued Chia so much that it was often used as a form of currency during trade.

Today, Chia Seeds are cultivated globally and are appreciated for the nutritive value by athletes, coaches, nutritionists and health-conscious eaters.

References:

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

15 Facts About Chia Seeds

https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/super-seed-the-case-for-chia.html

Origin: Mexico Certified Organic

Chia seeds supply a load of nutrients and add hardly any calories. It is a blessing in disguise for weight watchers and those attempting to shed the extra pounds.

Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, which help fight the free radicals which are responsible for causing cancer.

Every ounce of Chia seeds has approximately 12 grams of carbohydrates, 11 out of which are fibres. Fibres improve the digestive system.

Chia seeds have high content of Omega-3 fatty acid ALA. The fatty acid is a part of the inner lining of the cell and responsible for the reduction in the occurrence of heart diseases and prevention of certain types of cancer.

Chia seeds are hydrophilic in nature. This means that a single seed of Chia can absorb up to 12 times its body weight in water. The reason athletes favor Chia seeds is that goes in the body, absorbs water and helps maintain body hydration even during intense, endurance activities.

Chia seeds form a thick gel in the stomach which slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes convert carbohydrates into sugars. This makes chia seeds a wonder food for diabetics and those with other blood sugar problems.

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Weight

2.27kg (5 lbs), 1kg, 400g

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