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.
Consuming one 8-gram-Zors-Food scoop of chia seeds (approximately ½ a Tablespoon) contains:
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:
Provided in percentages of daily nutritional needs:
3 Tbsp of chia contains:
“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)