Native to central and southern Mexico, and Guatemala.They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 Fatty acid & used as a food source providing protein, fats and fiber.
Suggested Uses: Chia seeds can be eaten raw, have a nice "nutty" flavor. May take up to 1 Tbsp of the dry seeds and add them to drinks/liquid or sprinkle them on food. Ground Chia seeds are used in baked goods including breads, cakes & biscuits. Chia sprouts are used as in salads, sandwiches and other dishes.
Health Benefits: Water-soaked chia seeds are easily digested & absorbed. Help weight loss. By reducing food cravings & preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. Chiais highly 'hydrophilic' water, it can help athletes prolong hydration & retain electrolytes, especially during exertion. Chia gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates & the digestive enzymes that break them down, which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar, thus it can control blood sugar. Its Omega -3, protect against inflammation- such as arthritis & heart disease.
To make chia gel:Add1/3 cup chia seeds into 2 cups of warm water, juice and other foods or liquid then Stir, wait 15 minutes, stir again then refrigerate the gel. Use 3tbsp gel 3 times/day. mix them into any drink or foodor just take the chia gel as is. Gels are also used in gruels, porridges and puddings.