Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chia Seeds “THE REDISCOVERED SUPERFOOD”

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CHIA SEED FACT SHEET
  • Richest plant source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • contains a vital mineral called boron, which acts as catalyst for the absorption and utilization of calcium by the body
  • The Aztecs depended on Chia as a main food source
  • It was so highly valued it was used as a form of currency
  • A vegan-friendly food
  • Cholesterol free
  • Assists bowel function and regularity
  • When soaked in water for 30 minutes, chia seeds form a thick gel. This gel also forms in the stomach when chia seeds are consumed. Researchers believe it slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbohydrates into sugar, making it especially beneficial for diabetics and others with blood sugar issues.
  • Environmentally friendly – does not require the use of pesticides
  • “Chia” means “oily”
  • Is hydrophilic and can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. This makes it helpful in maintaining body hydration 
  • Is high in antioxidants
  • can be stored for long periods, unlike flax seeds
  • is a very easily digested source of protein
  • help maintain resilience and lubrication of all cells and combine with protein and cholesterol to form living membranes that hold the body cells together
  • free of mercury, unlike many fish oils
Suggested Directions:
Mix 1/3 cups of ground seeds with 2 cups water.  Whisk periodically for 15 minutes, let stand for 1 minute, then whisk again.  It will form a gel.  Place in refrigerator.  Take 3 tablespoons of gel 3 times a day.  The gel may be added to smoothies, cereals, or yogurts.

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  1. For more information about chia seeds, and some recipe ideas, check out my website: www.chiativity.org

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