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Chia Seed Information
Chia Seeds was
used as a staple food by the Indians of the South West and Mexico
for centuries. Known as the "running food", its use as a high
energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient
The United States Food and
Drug Administration regards Chia Seed as a food with an established
history of safe consumption.
Chia Seed is a complete source of
dietary protein, providing all the essential amino acids and
is extremely rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
Chia Seeds typically contain 20%
protein, 34% oil, and 25% dietary fiber. Chia Seeds contain
no gluten and only trace levels of sodium. There are no known toxic
components of chia seed.
Chia Seeds are superior in protein quality over
wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, amaranth and soy. Chia
Seeds also offer a disease-fighting
arsenal of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid,
myricetin, quercetin and flavonols.
Chia Seed provides fiber (2 tablespoons
= 7 grams of fiber) as well as other important nutrients,
such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin,
The Chia Seed will
absorb 9 times its weight in water in less than 10 minutes. Chia
Seed offers the ability to prolong hydration due to its ability to
hold on to water .
Using Chia Seeds - Preparing Chia Seeds
There are unlimited ways to incorporate
Chia Seeds into your diet. You
can substitute Chia Seeds in
any recipe that calls for flax seeds. You can sprinkle ground
chia seeds or whole chia seeds on cereal, yogurt, or salads;
eat a handful of whole seeds as a snack. Ground chia seed can be
mixed with flour when making muffins, cakes or other baked goods.
easiest way to incorporate Chia Seed into your
diet is to use it as a garnish. Simply sprinkle ¼ -
1 teaspoon of whole seeds into foods.
You can also add one tablespoon Chia
Seed into an eight-ounce
glass of water or juice, stir to break up any lumps, let sit about
five minutes, stir again, and then drink.
You can also use Chia
Seed to make
a gel, which can be added to milkshakes, spreads, smoothies, hot
or cold cereals, yogurts, etc. You
can mix the chia gel up to 50/50 with all kinds of foods, thereby
increasing flavor, fiber, and nutrition, while reducing calories
gel can be used as a fat replacer for many recipes.
One pound of Chia Seed will make about 10
pounds of Chia gel. Chia gel
will keep up to 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator.
Chia Seeds, Chia Meal, Chia Flour, and Chia Oil
may be purchased from Hidalgo Foods. Please visit their website