What Are Chia Seeds?
You’ve probably heard about chia seeds in recent years. The healthy food craze that has taken over big parts of the world has “introduced” the seeds to our diets. Everyone knows they’re healthy, but have no idea what they really are or how powerful they are.
Chia seeds are edible seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant. The plant is native to Central America. The seeds are tiny and oval in size, with a gray-black color. They have hydrophilic properties, meaning they expand when soaked in liquid.
The seeds aren’t a miraculous discovery now. In fact, their origins can be traced back to pre-Columbian times, making them one of the world’s oldest foods. Chia seeds got the name from an Aztec word. It was the word ‘chian’ which signifies ‘oily’ because that’s actually the best benefit chia can offer: the abundance of unsaturated fat like omega-3 acids.
Although they were a part of the common diet in the past, we’ve only now begun to understand how healthy and powerful the seeds are.