Chia seeds have been revered in South America since the ancient Aztecs, but only now is science beginning to understand the benefits of this wonder-food. The secret of the chia seed is that it absorbs up to twelve times its weight in water, providing a gel-like substance that can be substituted for oil or fat in recipes. It is also an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and anti-oxidants. Chia seeds assist with weight-loss. The water-retaining properties of chia seed, mixed with other foods or eaten on their own, prevent hunger. Their high food-value supplements nutrients that could become limited on a reduced-food diet. Chia seeds are a boon to the athlete. The seeds mixed with liquid form a gel that retains water and slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, giving athletes better endurance and combating dehydration. This quality is also beneficial to diabetics and those with nervous digestion. Can be added to food either dry, or soaked in liquid.
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