Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a flowering plant in the mint family that is native to central to southern Mexico and Guatemala where it was a staple crop along with corn and beans. It was cultivated by the Aztecs and whole chia seeds are still used in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala for nutritious drinks and as a food source. The Mexican state of Chiapas received its name from the Nahuatl meaning for “chia water” or “chia river”
Chia seeds are tiny oval shaped seeds and come in white, gray and black colors. The chia offered by NewOranics is black in color, indicating a higher level of anti-oxidants.
NewOrganics is proud to offer the traditional crop of organic chia, produced by small scale family farmers who are owner/members of a cooperative in Nicaragua.
Superfood Chia: High in protein, fiber, minerals and Omega-3s
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids like α-linolenic acid (ALA), chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating that gives chia-based beverages a distinctive texture.
A 1 ounce (2 tablespoons or 28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
Chia also contains a good amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
Want to learn more about chia and how to use it? Check out:
Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood
By University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Wayne Coates