Chia seeds are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants
A few month's ago I succumbed to the "chia" fan club. After having been exposed to the plethora of proclaimed health benefits in the media, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to investigate this further.
BACKGROUND: Chia seeds originate from a central/southern American plant, which belongs to the mint family. Chia seeds were once a nutritional staple of the ancient Aztecs.
CHARACTERISTICS: Chia seeds are relatively small, black seeds. They expand to a jelly-like, gelatinous consistency when they absorb moisture. They can be sprinkled onto baked goods, porridge, smoothies, yogurt, and can also be ground and added to water.
NUTRITION PROFILE: Chia seeds are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids (principally composed of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) acid), fibre and antioxidants (in the form of flavonols).
Remember: you are an empowered, informed consumer. Always remain critical when reviewing media claims.
Sophie Bruno is a Registered Dietitian living and working in Brussels (Belgium). Read Sophie's foodie blog which will enable you to learn, increase your knowledge & cultivate yourself in the field of nutrition & health directly from Brussels