In the Mayan languages, “chia” means “power”. According to ancient Mayan culture, a single teaspoon of chia seeds should be enough to provide energy for a whole day's work. The protein-rich seeds were and are the main foods in ancient culture. Today, the power seeds from Central and Middle America are also among the superfoods of modern cuisine. Because of high content of proteins, they are particularly suitable for vegans and vegeterians. But they can also help in the detoxification and weight loss.
Health benefits of chia seed consumption are really great
A particular advantage of chia seeds is that a relatively small amount is enough to meet needs for important fibers, proteins, omega-3 fatty acids as well as iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B3. Chia seeds are also ideal for storage: they can be stored for four to five years without losing their nutrient content, taste or smell.
Chia seeds can have blood pressure and cholesterol lowering effect through the soluble fibre. They have a positive effect on the heart and circulation through essential fatty acids and provide the bones with important calcium. Whoever wants to lose weight should know that chia seeds can help, as they contribute to long and pleasant satiety after consumption. In addition, chia seeds support the brain's performance through the omega-3 fatty acids and therefore have a very positive effect on Alzheimer's and dementia prevention. Through the soluble fibre chia seeds also maintain the intestinal flora healthy and absorb toxins in the digestive tract.
Chia seeds in the kitchen
As chia seeds are known above all as an addition to yoghurt and muesli, many cooks discover new recipes to prepare the energy seeds in a delicious way. Chia seeds are suitable for almost any dish, as they are relatively neutral in flavour, but have enough power to create an enormous source of energy from any dish: in salad, soup, dessert, casserole or in pizza, cake and bread dough. Chia seeds are also a creative and healthy addition to fish and meat. They can also replace eggs as ingredients.