The Aztecs already recognised the health benefits of chia seeds. The small seeds were believed to boost energy and stamina, leading their warriors to eat chia seeds on the eve of a battle or other forms of heavy exertion. Today chia seeds are also popular in our part of the world, especially among followers of a healthy diet.
The small black/white/grey seeds are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for healthy brain function. In addition they are rich in fibre. Furthermore, just like hemp seeds, chia seeds are rich in protein, making them an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, our chia seeds do not contain gluten and can therefore be eaten as part of a gluten-free diet.
Chia seeds can be soaked in a liquid such as fruit juice, absorbing as much as eight to twelve times their weight in moisture. This produces a jelly-like substance which leads to a full feeling.
Footnote: the maximum daily amount is 15 grams (Novel Food legislation).