Organic chia seeds

Organic chia seeds

ABOUT CHIA SEEDS

A Brief History

Chia seeds were consumed a long time before they came into the spotlight back in the 90’s due to their nutritional and medicinal properties. The Aztec and Mayan peoples incorporated the seeds to their diet, during pre-Colombian times, recognizing their naturally sourced benefits.

“I’ve read that one tablespoon of chia seeds was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours.” – Andrew Weil, M.D. (Read More)

The plant’s scientific name is Salvia Hispanica and it is a member of the mint family native to Central and South America. The word Chia comes from the Nahuatl word “Chian”, meaning oily, which is fitting considering that the most commercialized part of the plant — the seeds — are one of the highest rating natural foods in total omega-3 fatty acids; beating fish oil, walnuts, walnut oil, and canola oil. It also has a high content in protein, calcium, and magnesium, amongst other nutritional benefits.

Consuming one 8-gram-Zors-Food scoop of chia seeds (approximately ½ a Tablespoon) contains:

  • 39 calories
  • 2 g Healthy Fats
  • 3 g Carbohydrates (Almost all of them are Fiber)
  • 3 g Fiber
  • 1 g Protein

A normal daily serving size included in most of our recipes is of 4 Zors Food scoops (24 g or about 2 Tablespoons) which means:

  • 156 good calories
  • 8 g Healthy Fats
  • 12 g Carbohydrates (Almost all of them are Fiber)
  • 12 g Fiber
  • 4 g Protein

Provided in percentages of daily nutritional needs:

  • 18% of calcium
  • 27% of phosphorus
  • 30% of manganese
  • Smaller amounts of potassium zinc and copper. (Read More)

3 Tbsp of chia contains:

  • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli
  • 6 times more calcium than whole milk
  • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries!
  • • 2 times more potassium than bananas (Read More)

“When compared to flaxseed, chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus and fiber – all essential nutrients that most people are not getting enough of.” — Chia Seeds: “Health Benefits and Nutritional Information;” Megan Ware RDN LD (Read more)

    • Contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) in more quantities than what even salmon can offer and our bodies can’t produce this essential omega-3 on its own.
      DID YOU KNOW:
      Although the conversion rate is minimal, ALA is a precursor to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) recommended for heart health and obtained from marine sources such as fish and marine algae. (Read More)

 

    • Have a higher content of fiber More than hemp hearts and flax seeds!
      DID YOU KNOW:
      The fiber that chia seeds contain is mostly soluble in water and the kind that lowers cholesterol

 

    • Chia Seeds are easily digested unlike flax seeds, which must be grinded first
      DID YOU KNOW:
      Chia seeds expand 17 – 27 times their size when hydrated so be careful when eating them dry

 

  • Contain the optimal calcium – magnesium duo(magnesium helps absorb all the calcium)
    DID YOU KNOW:
    Approximately 4 Zors Food scoops of chia seeds contain 13 % of the daily value of calcium and 18% of magnesium. (Read More)

According to Dr. Axe (1)

    • 1.- GREAT FOR SKIN AND AGING
      They contain high quantities of antioxidants (more so than blackberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, nonni, and carambola). The high levels of antioxidants in Chia Seeds helps the skin systems repair themselves more efficiently and help avoid future damage.

 

    • 2.- DIGESTIVE HEALTH
      According to the Natural Institute of Health seeds like flax seeds and chia can be an excelent source for natural blood sugar repair due to its high fiber and healthy fats content

 

    • 3.- HEART HEALTH
      They possess the qualities to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure

 

    • 4.- STOPS DIABETES BUT ALSO REVERSES IT
      The University of Litoral in Argentina has recently researched chia seeds for their properties in preventing metabolic disorders that are precursors to diabetes. Two separate studies have been conducted and the results are amazing (2).

According to the Article “Health Benefits and Nutritional Information” written by Megan Ware RDN LD and published on www.medicalnewstoday.com (3)

    • 5.-TREATS DIVERTICULOSIS
      Diverticulosis is a condition where pouches form on the walls of the colon that may get inflamed or infected. The high soluble fiber quantities contained in these small seeds help prevent these inflammations or infections because they absorb water in the colon and make bowel movements easier.

 

    • 6.- WEIGHT LOSSThe high quantities of fiber help you feel full and therefore help lose weight.

 

    • 7.- PREVENTING & FIGHTING HEART DISEASE
      • Decreasing the risk for thrombosis
      • Decreasing the risk for arrhythmias
      • Preventing heart attacks, strokes and sudden cardiac death
      • Possible decreasing LDL, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels
      • May reduce atherosclerotic plaque
      • Improving endothelial function
      • Slightly lowering blood pressure (4)

According to an article in www.chiaseedszone.com

    • 8.- HELP BONE STRENGHT AND RESISTENCE
      Chia seeds contain the trifecta of: calcium (5 times more than what’s found in milk); 27% of the required daily amount of phosphorus; and 30% of the required daily amount of manganese. Chia seeds also contain the trace mineral boron and strontium; the former, which aids in the transfer of calcium from the blood system to the bones; and the latter improves bone density in osteoporosis patients. (5)

In a Tablespoon: 

“In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re super packed with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.” 

    ― Van Zandt, Monica, Chia Seed Superfood: How to Use Chia Seeds for Weight Loss, Raw Dieting, and Overall Health

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