You may already be a regular consumer of chia, and if not, you should be.
These small seeds have become one of the favorite superfoods in the world thanks to the enormous health benefits they provide. Their cultivation and consumption date back to thousands of years ago, when in prehispanic Mexico they were consumed as a source of energy and as food for Aztec and Mayan warriors.
Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse packed with healthy properties. They contain a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, tons of antioxidants and fiber. They are also gluten-free, and provide more calcium than whole milk - and in fact, it will be better absorbed by the body because they also contain Boro mineral.
Some others of their superpowers are that they provide more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas and are a source of soluble fiber. And, besides all these benefits, thanks to their high content of antioxidants, they can be dry stored for years without deteriorating or losing their properties.
According to healthline, a one-ounce serving (about two tablespoons) contains:
Fiber: 11 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s)
Calcium: 18% of the RDI (recommended daily intake)
Manganese: 30% of the RDI
Magnesium: 30% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI
This serving also contains a fair amount of vitamins B1, B2 and B3, zinc and potassium; and it only supplies 137 calories.
Without a doubt, these tiny fellas are a nutritional powerhouse you should consider including in your regular diet. They are nearly tasteless, so you can consume them in any meal or snack, or toss them into your drinks such as smoothies, squeezed juices, tea or just drinking water. Try them in your lemon water, you will love them for life!