If you haven’t heard about chia seeds already, you soon will. The seeds of the salvia hispanica, a flowering plant of the mint family native to central and southern Mexico, are the latest ‘super-food’ sensation boasting a number of health claims to its name including weight loss and heart health.
Holland & Barrett’s nuts and seeds manager Douglas Thompson told the BBC,
What is in-seed chia?
- Omega 3: The richest plant based source of omega 3 ALA, dietary fibre and protein. Pound for pound it has more omega 3 then salmon.
- Antioxidants: Full of antioxidants which help defend against free radicals which cause the oxidation of cells and aging.
- Protein and fibre: Once broken the seeds absorb liquid and expand to form a gel like substance. Combined with their protein content they help you to feel fuller for longer.
- Key minerals: Loaded with vitamins and minerals like magnesium and iron for healthy muscles and to maintain energy levels.
How do you eat chia seeds?
Chia is being incorporated into more and more products as companies start to realise how popular the chia trend is becoming. Slightly nutty in flavour, they can be eaten as they are, or included in bread and baked goods, mixed into couscous, sprinkled over salad and used in yogurt, dressings and juices.