Fun facts of the day: chia seed
- the word chia is derived from the Aztec word chian, which means “oily.”
- Records indicate chia seeds were used as a food date back to 3500 B.C.
- Chia seeds have more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food, including flax seeds.
- Chia seeds are about 20% protein.
- When soaked in water for 30 minutes, chia seeds form a thick gel.
- Chia seeds are so high in antioxidants
- Chia is hydrophilic and can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water.This makes it helpful in maintaining body hydration, something that is especially beneficial for athletes who need to remain hydrated during races and endurance activities.
- Chia seeds are from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family.
- The Aztecs and Maya were big fans of chia and consumed it as early as 3,000 BC for healing powers and strength.
- Mexico and Guatemala were the birthplaces of chia.
- Chia can even be used as a face mask! It can be used as a hydration treatment.
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