ALL ABOUT CHIA SEEDS
Chia is obtained from the flowering Salvia hispanica plant, which is a member of the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Today chia becomes more popular for its amazing healthy benefits and diversified applications. They are available on the market in various forms and colors, making it may be daunting for the first time buyer to know whether the chia they have been offered is of the quality they expect.
CHIA SEEDS QUALITY
The quality of Chia seeds are based on upon three major factors
1 - Colours – Black, White or Brown?
Black and white:
Chia seeds are either black speckled or white. Black chia seeds are from the plant with purple flowers and white chia seeds are from the plant with white flowers. Black chia is believed to have slightly more antioxidants, while white chia is said to have slightly more protein, and is milder in taste. However, In fact neither one is preferred over the other by nutrition experts.
What if the colour is brown?
Brown chia is a sign that the seeds are immature, which contain much lower nutritional values and therefore lower oil and omegas. A high number of brown seeds indicate a poor quality product.
2 - Purity or the existence of foreign factors
Bad quality means the existence of weeds, leaves, particles from the crop itself, other seeds, whatever which is not chia seed itself.
3 - The moisture level of the seeds
The moisture level effects significantly the quality of chia seeds, particularly their shelf life. Making sure the highest moisture is 8% will guarantee a 2 year-shelf life if stored cool and dry.
CHIA SEEDS BENEFITS
Chia seeds are well known widely for their rich source of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, anti oxidant, fiber and other essential minerals.
1 ounce of Chia seeds provide our body with
4976mg Omega 3 fatty acid
11g Dietary fiber (43% DV)
179mg Calcium (18% DV)
269mg Phosphorous (27% DV)
Prevent heart disease
Chia seeds are considered as a heart-friendly food. The reason is that they are the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They are known to reduce excess LDL cholesterol level and significantly increase the HDL cholesterol level so as to maintain the right balance.
Increase the overall health
Chia seeds are a good source of antioxidants. The antioxidants present in chia seeds include Flavonol glycosides, Chlorogenic acid, Caffeic acid, Kaempferol, Quercetin, Myricetin, and Linolenic acid. These antioxidants help in curbing the levels of free radicals in the body, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
Boost Digestive Health
The high dietary fiber content in chia seeds is good for regulating bowel movements and it also helps to keep up your overall gastrointestinal health. Also after consumption, these seeds create a gel-like substance in the stomach which acts as a prebiotic and supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Chia seeds make you feel full for longer, thereby reducing your urge to overeat.
Keep your bones and teeth strong
Chia seeds, being rich in calcium, phosphorus, and zinc, are amazing for bones and teeth. The amount of calcium found in chia seeds is considered to be higher than what is found in skimmed milk, for those who cannot consume dairy products, chia could be a very reliable source of calcium for them.