Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal (Mayan)
Chia has been a favorite staple
in its native Mexico and
Guatemala for 3,500 years
Eat Like A King: Chia
(Salvia Hispanica) from the Aztec word ”chian’’ meaning oily
Chia seeds were a basic staple of Mayan and Aztec civilizations over 3,500 years ago, They were prized because of the heightened strength and stamina people felt after consuming them.
Now we know why: chia seeds are so densely packed with nutrients that just two tablespoons provide a noticeable boost to your energy level. In fact, it may be the consumption of chia seeds that helps members of the modern-day Tarahumara tribe in Mexico run an amazing 50 to 100 miles in one day. Chia seeds offer these health benefits:
Substantial amounts of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids
High in antioxidants, they may help prevent cell damage
Nearly all their carbohydrate content is fiber, which helps with water absorption and makes us feel fuller, so we may eat less
Studies show that chia seeds may help people with diabetes by improving blood sugar control and reducing the risk factors for heart disease
Chia seeds provide another form of whole grains for the anti-diabetes diet and can be used in baked goods and cereals. Highly nutritious and versatile Chia continues to be a favorite ingredient today in its native Mexico and Guatemala as the basis of the popular drink, Chia Fresca (or Iskiate), a mixture of chia seeds, lime juice and honey.
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