Manna Wholefoods Organic and Natural grocer

274 South Tce, South Fremantle WA 6162

Chia Seeds

chia-seeds Chia seeds are one of nature’s superfoods – high in essential fatty acids, protein, soluble fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are easy to use, taste good, and can become a valuable addition to your diet.

As well as essential fatty acids, chia seeds contain up to 23 percent protein. This protein is a complete protein and can be very effectively utilised by the body. It is also gluten free. Chia seeds are also rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, boron, and copper. In actual fact, chia seeds contain six times more calcium than milk does by weight, and the calcium in chia seeds is more easily absorbable by the body than the calcium in milk. Chia seeds have three times more iron than spinach, and fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli.

The seeds are able to absorb over nine times their weight in water and actually form a gel. This gel causes carbohydrates to be released slowly into the body, and the carbohydrates are slowly converted into glucose which is then used for energy. This keeps the body feeling fuller for longer. Chia seeds are also rich in soluble fibre (five percent). The mucilaginous properties of chia seeds act as both a bulking agent and a fibre source, and this helps to cleanse and soothe the colon. Chia seeds are able to act as a sort of sponge, absorbing toxins, whilst also lubricating the colon, and strengthening the peristaltic action of the intestines.

How to use:
Chia seeds can be used in any recipe that uses flax seeds. Ground or whole chia seeds can be sprinkled on cereals or salads, or you can simply eat them as a snack. They can also be used in dressings, sauces, and smoothies. Alternatively, you can stir a tablespoon of chia seeds into a glass of water or juice, stirring to remove any lumps, and letting sit for about five minutes before drinking.