5 Reasons To Add Chia To Your Diet

Without a doubt, when talking about chia, it’s hard not to think of those silly looking Chia Pets from the 90s. After all, it’s pretty hard to forget that catchy Cha-cha-cha Chia jingle.

While chia might have gotten its start in the US with chia pets, this little seed can be traced back all the way to 3500 BC where it was a staple of the Aztec diet.

In the 1500s, Spanish conquerors in Mexico banned the production of chia, nearly eliminating the crop and making it extremely difficult to find. It wasn’t until the 1990s when a group of American and South American scientists, agriculturalists and nutritionists began collaborating to reinstate the crop that chia was able to make a comeback. [1]

Other than it’s rich history, chia is a nutritional powerhouse and an extremely versatile ingredient. These are just 5 of the many reasons to add chia into your diet!

They absorb water: One of the most unique characteristics of chia is their ability to absorb water. Historically, chia has been known as “the running food” and was used by the Tarahumara people who are renowned for their long distance running abilities. Chia can absorb up to ten times their weight in water making them great for regulating our body’s hydration. [2] When chia absorbs water (or any other liquid it’s placed in) it transforms into a jelly-like substance, which can be used as an egg replacement or tasty chia pudding.

They are nutrient dense: When doing a gram for gram comparison, chia contains 8 times more omega-3s than salmon, 25% more fiber than flax seed, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries and 6 times more calcium than milk. (And that’s just to name a few!) If you’re looking to sneak some extra nutrition into your diet, chia is a great choice. [3]

They are low carb: For those looking to watch their carbohydrate intake, chia is not only low carb but can also slow the absorption of carbohydrates due to its high protein content. Chia pudding makes a great low carb alternative to oatmeal or porridge. [4]

They are flavorless: Chia is extremely versatile when it comes to cooking because they don’t have much of a flavor. Add them to smoothies, salads (and chips!) for a nutritional boost without altering the taste of your dish.

They are in Cabo Chips! Chia is a main ingredient in both our Mango Chili Lime and Ancient Grain chips. Along with other ancient grains like teff and amaranth, each serving contains 100mg of Omega-3s!

 

[1] “History of Chia”. Chiatrition Chia Seeds. Web. September 30, 2016.

[2] “Chia Seeds for Runners: Power Your Run With This Ancient Superfood”. Fleet Feet St. Louis. Web. September 30, 2016.

[3] “Chia Seeds: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information”. Medical News Today. Web. September 30, 2015.

[4] “13 Things You Should Know About Chia”. Stone Soup. Web. September 30, 2015.