Food of the Ancients: Chia seeds

When it comes to superfoods, chia seeds are definitely worthy of the crown. They pack a huge punch of nutrition despite being just 1mm in size.

Food of the Ancients: Chia seeds


“Chia” is the Mayan word for strength. It played an important part in Aztec, Mayan and Inca cultures, where warriors would eat a spoonful of these and have energy to last throughout the day.

Other than being a high-energy food, these seeds are rich in protein, fibre and antioxidants. They are also full of omega-3 fatty acids, that is beneficial for mental health. In fact, 1g of chia seeds contains more omega-3 than the same quantity of salmon!

Furthermore, chia seeds contain large amounts of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, resulting in stronger teeth and bones. Their health benefits include lowering the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

These seeds have a long shelf life and are usually organic. They are also gluten-free!

How do you consume chia seeds?

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From top left: Chia seed pudding, chia-crusted salmon, lemon chia muffins


You can add chia seeds to anything and everything! It has a mild taste and does not affect the flavour of food. Simply sprinkle them on top of your salads, cereal, smoothies, yogurt or ice cream. Cooking with them is another option there are many such recipes for delicious meals.

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