Cultivated for millennia in Central and South America, chia seeds have been part of the staple diet of the Aztec and Mayan people.
A highly nutritious seed
In the 1990’s, chia gained popularity in other countries. It quickly became an ingredient of choice because of its high nutritional value in relation to its calorie content. It is an excellent plant-based source of unsaturated fats, especially omega-3’s, manganese, phosphorus, antioxidants and fibre (11g per 2 tbsp).
An appetite suppressant
Chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid. Once ingested, they swell in the stomach and help suppress appetite. Chia seeds contain exceptional nutritional values and fibre content, while helping reduce the daily calorie intake.
Chia is versatile. It can be added to your smoothies, cereals, yogurts, salads and more. It is also ideal for preparing dairy-free puddings. It may also be used as an egg substitute in vegan pastries.