Super Food of the Aztecs
The Chia (Salvia hispanica) is an annual crop in the mint family, descended from Mexico and Guatemala. Chia is one of the four principal crops of the Aztecs. They knew the great power of these little seeds. The Aztecs carried Chia as a reserve for use during periods of food shortage, but also used them as a form of currency in exchanges, and as additives in medicine. In today’s world, this powerful seed has turned into a favorite among athletes, nutritionists, and health trainers like me. They have also turned into a favorite amongst vegetarians since it provides the highest content of omega-3 in the vegetable kingdom.
Nutritional advantages of the chia per gram:
- High source if Omega-3 (8 times more than salmon)
- Rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble
- Rich in potassium
- High protein content
- Provider of Vitamins A and B
- Excellent source of:
- Calcium (6 times more than milk)
- Iron (3 times more than in spinach)
- Magnesium (15 times more than in broccoli)
- Chia helps maintain blood sugar levels regulated, meaning that it moderates the desire to overeat.
If you would like to learn more about Chia, I recommend the book CHÍA: Redescubriendo Un Olvidado Alimento de los Aztecas by Ricardo Ayera.