ABOUT CHIA SEEDS

  • A Brief History

    Chia seeds were consumed a long time before they came into the spotlight back in the 90’s due to their nutritional and medicinal properties. The Aztec and Mayan peoples incorporated the seeds to their diet, during pre-Colombian times, recognizing their naturally sourced benefits.

    “I've read that one tablespoon of chia seeds was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours.” – Andrew Weil, M.D. (Read More)

    The plant’s scientific name is Salvia Hispanica and it is a member of the mint family native to Central and South America. The word Chia comes from the Nahuatl word "Chian", meaning oily, which is fitting considering that the most commercialized part of the plant — the seeds — are one of the highest rating natural foods in total omega-3 fatty acids; beating fish oil, walnuts, walnut oil, and canola oil. It also has a high content in protein, calcium, and magnesium, amongst other nutritional benefits.

  • Nutritional Benefits

    Consuming one 8-gram-Zors-Food scoop of chia seeds (approximately ½ a Tablespoon) contains:

    • • 39 calories
    • • 2 g Healthy Fats
    • • 3 g Carbohydrates (Almost all of them are Fiber)
    • • 3 g Fiber
    • • 1 g Protein

    A normal daily serving size included in most of our recipes is of 4 Zors Food scoops (24 g or about 2 Tablespoons) which means:

    • • 156 good calories
    • • 8 g Healthy Fats
    • • 12 g Carbohydrates (Almost all of them are Fiber)
    • • 12 g Fiber
    • • 4 g Protein

    Provided in percentages of daily nutritional needs:

    • • 18% of calcium
    • • 27% of phosphorus
    • • 30% of manganese
    • • Smaller amounts of potassium zinc and copper. (Read More)

    3 Tbsp of chia contains:

    • • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli
    • • 6 times more calcium than whole milk
    • • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries!
    • • 2 times more potassium than bananas (Read More)

    “When compared to flaxseed, chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus and fiber - all essential nutrients that most people are not getting enough of.” — Chia Seeds: "Health Benefits and Nutritional Information;" Megan Ware RDN LD (Read more)

  • Nutrition Facts Chart

    NUTRITION INFORMATION
    Amounts per 1 ounce (28g)

    Calorie Information
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calories
    137
    (574 kJ)
    7%
      From Carbohydrate
    50.0
    (209 kJ)
     
      From Fat
    72.1
    (302 kJ)
     
      From Protein
    15.2
    (63.6 kJ)
     
      From Alcohol
    ~
    (0.0 kJ)
     

    Carbohydrates
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Carbohydrate
    12.3
    g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber
    10.6
    g
    42%
    Starch
    ~
     
     
    Sugars
    ~
     
     
    Sucrose
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    Glucose
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    Fructose
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    Lactose
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    Maltose
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    Galactose
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    Fats & Fatty Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Fat
    8.6
    g
    13%
    Saturated Fat
    0.9
    g
    4%
    Monounsaturated Fat
    0.6
    g
     
    Polyunsaturated Fat
    6.5
    g
     
    Total trans fatty acids
    ~
     
     
    Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids
    ~
     
     
    Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids
    ~
     
     
    Total Omega-3 fatty acids
    4915
    mg
     
    Total Omega-6 fatty acids
    1620
    mg
     
    Protein & Amino Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Protein
    4.4
    g
    9%
    Tryptophan
    202
    mg
     
    Threonine
    186
    mg
     
    Isoleucine
    195
    mg
     
    Leucine
    352
    mg
     
    Lysine
    257
    mg
     
    Methionine
    25.2
    mg
     
    Cystine
    101
    mg
     
    Phenylalanine
    288
    mg
     
    Tyrosine
    141
    mg
     
    Valine
    294
    mg
     
    Arginine
    555
    mg
     
    Histidine
    147
    mg
     
    Alanine
    260
    mg
     
    Aspartic acid
    457
    mg
     
    Glutamic acid
    691
    mg
     
    Glycine
    254
    mg
     
    Proline
    251
    mg
     
    Serine
    283
    mg
     
    Hydroxyproline
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    Vitamins
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Vitamin A
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    Vitamin C
    ~
     
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    Vitamin D
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    Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
    ~
     
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    Vitamin K
    ~
     
    ~
    Thiamin
    ~
     
    ~
    Riboflavin
    ~
     
    ~
    Niacin
    ~
     
    ~
    Vitamin B6
    ~
     
    ~
    Folate
    ~
     
    ~
    Vitamin B12
    0.0
    mcg
    0%
    Pantothenic Acid
    ~
     
    ~
    Choline
    ~
     
     
    Betaine
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    Minerals
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calcium
    177
    mg
    18%
    Iron
    ~
     
    ~
    Magnesium
    ~
     
    ~
    Phosphorus
    265
    mg
    27%
    Potassium
    44.8
    mg
    1%
    Sodium
    5.3
    mg
    0%
    Zinc
    1.0
    mg
    7%
    Copper
    0.1
    mg
    3%
    Manganese
    0.6
    mg
    30%
    Selenium
    ~
     
    ~
    Fluoride
    ~
     
     

    Sterols
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Cholesterol
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Phytosterols
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    Campesterol
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    Stigmasterol
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    Beta-sitosterol
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    Other
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Alcohol
    0.0
    g
     
    Water
    1.4
    g
     
    Ash
    1.4
    g
     
    Caffeine
    ~
     
     
    Theobromine
    ~
     
     
    Information extracted from SELFNutritionData

  • Did You Know?

    • Contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) in more quantities than what even salmon can offer and our bodies can’t produce this essential omega-3 on its own.

      DID YOU KNOW:
      Although the conversion rate is minimal, ALA is a precursor to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) recommended for heart health and obtained from marine sources such as fish and marine algae. (Read More)


    • Have a higher content of fiber More than hemp hearts and flax seeds!

      DID YOU KNOW:
      The fiber that chia seeds contain is mostly soluble in water and the kind that lowers cholesterol


    • Chia Seeds are easily digested unlike flax seeds, which must be grinded first

      DID YOU KNOW:
      Chia seeds expand 17 - 27 times their size when hydrated so be careful when eating them dry


    • Contain the optimal calcium – magnesium duo(magnesium helps absorb all the calcium)

      DID YOU KNOW:
      Approximately 4 Zors Food scoops of chia seeds contain 13 % of the daily value of calcium and 18% of magnesium. (Read More)


  • Medicinal Properties
    According to Dr. Axe (1)

    • 1.- GREAT FOR SKIN AND AGING
      They contain high quantities of antioxidants (more so than blackberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, nonni, and carambola). The high levels of antioxidants in Chia Seeds helps the skin systems repair themselves more efficiently and help avoid future damage.


    • 2.- DIGESTIVE HEALTH
      According to the Natural Institute of Health seeds like flax seeds and chia can be an excelent source for natural blood sugar repair due to its high fiber and healthy fats content


    • 3.- HEART HEALTH
      They possess the qualities to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure


    • 4.- STOPS DIABETES BUT ALSO REVERSES IT
      The University of Litoral in Argentina has recently researched chia seeds for their properties in preventing metabolic disorders that are precursors to diabetes. Two separate studies have been conducted and the results are amazing (2).


    • According to the Article “Health Benefits and Nutritional Information” written by Megan Ware RDN LD and published on www.medicalnewstoday.com (3)

    • 5.-TREATS DIVERTICULOSIS
      Diverticulosis is a condition where pouches form on the walls of the colon that may get inflamed or infected. The high soluble fiber quantities contained in these small seeds help prevent these inflammations or infections because they absorb water in the colon and make bowel movements easier.


    • 6.- WEIGHT LOSSThe high quantities of fiber help you feel full and therefore help lose weight.


    • 7.- PREVENTING & FIGHTING HEART DISEASE
      • Decreasing the risk for thrombosis
      • Decreasing the risk for arrhythmias
      • Preventing heart attacks, strokes and sudden cardiac death
      • Possible decreasing LDL, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels
      • May reduce atherosclerotic plaque
      • Improving endothelial function
      • Slightly lowering blood pressure (4)


    • According to an article in www.chiaseedszone.com

    • 8.- HELP BONE STRENGHT AND RESISTENCE
      Chia seeds contain the trifecta of: calcium (5 times more than what’s found in milk); 27% of the required daily amount of phosphorus; and 30% of the required daily amount of manganese. Chia seeds also contain the trace mineral boron and strontium; the former, which aids in the transfer of calcium from the blood system to the bones; and the latter improves bone density in osteoporosis patients. (5)


    • In a Tablespoon:

      “In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re super packed with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.”

      ― Van Zandt, Monica, Chia Seed Superfood: How to Use Chia Seeds for Weight Loss, Raw Dieting, and Overall Health