It seems that you cannot travel anywhere in the health food world without stumbling across the benefits of Chia Seeds. Because of its flavor and texture, Chia Seeds can be added to almost anything, including beverages, baked goods, and savory recipes.
Chia Seeds have also earned the title of “Superfood” because of their nutritional benefits. Only two tablespoons of these powerful seeds contain 10 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 4500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids.
So where did this powerful superfood come from?
In this post we are going to explore the history of Chia Seeds: where they originated, why they disappeared, and how they resurfaced as a powerful superfood in our modern health world.
The Origins of Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds are considered one of the world's oldest forms of nutrition, said to date back to 3500BC. These little black and white seeds come from Salvia Hispanica, a plant in the mint family, and are primarily grown in Mexico and South America.
It is said that Chia Seeds were used by the Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers. The word Chia means "strength" in the Mayan language, and Aztec warriors relied on Chia Seeds to boost energy and increase stamina. Chia Seeds would be carried on long trips to serve as a high-energy food or as an offering during religious ceremonies.
Why Chia Seeds Disappeared
When Spanish conquerors landed in the 1500s, they suppressed the native traditions and agricultural systems that built the Aztec empire. Many of the foods that were considered to have religious significance, like Chia Seeds, were banned. Thus, Chia Seeds were deliberately eliminated, only surviving in the regional area of Mexico for 500 years.
In the 1990s, several scientists, nutritionists, and farmers teamed up to cultivate Chia Seeds commercially in the hopes of rediscovering the long lost nutritional power of seeds. Today, Chia Seeds are grown in several countries including Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Australia, and the United States.
Bolivian-grown Chia Seeds are characterized by their bigger size and higher quality for being produced in fertile land free of toxic substances.
Chia Seeds: The Powerful Superfood
Chia Seeds are tiny in appearance but packed with powerful nutritional properties. Because of their protein and fiber content, they have been shown to aid in weight loss by regulating hunger and balancing blood sugar.
Other health benefits of Chia Seeds include supporting healthy skin, improving heart health, building stronger bones, and fighting cancer growth. With 3x more magnesium than spinach, 6x more calcium than milk, and 35% more antioxidants than blueberries, Chia Seeds have rightfully earned the title of powerful Superfood.
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