What is Chia Seed?
Chia is scientifically known as Salvia hispanica of the Lamiaceae family. Chia seed, also known as chia or chia sage, origins from Central America, with more than 5000 years of history, used as staple food, military food, trading currency and offerings. Since the 20th century, chia seed is proven to contain the highest Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acid, with high level of protein, dietary fibre, minerals and antioxidants. Deemed as“Magic Seed” and ”Super Food”, chia is widely accepted and consumed in developed countries like Europe and USA.
Chia seed was recognised as a new food source by FDA of USA and the European Union in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Meanwhile, chia seed powder is produced after a strict process of defatting and grinding.
Benefits of Chia Seed Powder
- High in dietary fibre
- High in protein (Protein helps build and repair body tissues ; Protein is essential for growth and development ; Protein provides amino acids necessary for protein synthesis)
- Free of sodium
- High in thiamine (vitamin B1)
- High in niacin (Niacin is needed for the release of energy from protein, fats and carbohydrate)
- High in calcium (Calcium aids in development of strong bones and teeth)
- High in magnesium (Magnesium promotes calcium absorption and retention)
- High in zinc (Zinc is essential for growth)
- A great supplement for athletes and bodybuilders
Chia seed is widely accepted as the new dietetic nutritional supplement, commonly used as healthcare product and food (dietary fibre supplement, nutritional powder, meal replacement, bread, food for diabetic patients, dairy products, snacks and etc).
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