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Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious, healthiest foods in the world. They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, protein, and fibre. They stabilise blood sugar and can help you lose weight because they bind a lot of water, are filling and dampen the desire for sweets.
Chia seeds are the small seeds of the chia plant, Salvia Hispanica, which is related to mint. Chia seeds are small, flat and oval with a shiny, smooth surface. Their color varies from white to brown to black.
The plant is native to South America. The cultivation mainly takes place in Guatemala, other South American countries and of course in Central Mexico, where they are an integral part of the local cuisine.
Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayas. They appreciated it for their long-lasting feeling of satiety - in fact 'Chia' means 'strength' in the Maya language.
The potential of chia seeds as a modern superfood was only recently recognised. In recent years, they have grown immensely popular and are now consumed by health-conscious people around the world because they are easy to integrate into a healthy diet.
Studies have shown that they can reduce the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes and promote gastrointestinal health.