Chia | Salvia hispanica
Origin: Southern Mexico and Guatemala
Historically valued for medicinal properties, chia seed can be relied on to provide protein for high energy and endurance. Not surprisingly, however, chia seeds provide much more than a quality source of plant protein: chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber.
Did you know? Chia seeds are harvested from the salvia hispanica plant, a relative of mint!
The Real Good Of Chia Seeds
The benefits of chia seeds include:
- Intestinal Health—Have you tried chia pudding? The secret behind this delectable dish is fiber. Chia seeds are 40% fiber and that fiber absorbs water, becoming gel-like in pudding and keeping you full and satisfied all day. Fiber supports intestinal health by feeding good bacteria and cleansing the digestive tract.
- Protein—Chia seeds are 14% protein by weight, making them an ideal source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Between the incredibly high fiber content and quality protein, eating chia seeds effectively reduces food cravings and supports weight loss.
- Bone Health—This may come as a surprise: chia seeds contains more calcium per ounce than most dairy products. In addition to a rich supply of calcium, chia seeds contain the bone-building nutrients phosphorus, magnesium and protein.
Wondering how to eat chia seeds? Try our Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding recipe. Every serving of UB Super nutritious protein superfood shake contains Salba chia seed powder.