- 4 x More Fiber than Flax Seed
- 3 x More Antioxidants than Blueberries
- 6 x More Calcium than Milk
- 15 x More Magnesium than Broccoli
- 2 x More Potassium than Bananas
- 8 x More Omega-3's than Salmon
- 5 x More Folate than Spinach
In Pre-Columbian times, chia seeds were a component of the Aztec diet as well as an integral part on religious ceremonies. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to relieve joint pain and skin conditions. Today, chia is best known as the rapidly growing sprouts "hair" from terra-cotta heads. In reality, these healthful, edible seeds are a better source of omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed (the fats that protect against inflammation and heart disease).
While flax seed enriched foods have been driving the omega-3 trend, Chia's attributes show to be the true "Super Food" of today. In a side by side comparison chia and flax seed are both a natural vegetable source of omega-3. Flax's hull limits digestibility, so often ground flax is used in food products. Chia is easy to digest without having to be ground. Grinding Flax makes it more susceptible to oxidation due to its high level of unsaturated fatty acids resulting in a six month shelf life. Chia naturally contains high levels of antioxidants, including caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and quercetin, which protect it from rancidity. Chia maintains stability without refrigeration or special care for three years.
Healthy Origins® White Chia Flour is produced with a patent pending process "Cold Fracture Process™." It is the key process that transforms common chia seed into Apolonexia or Free Flowing Flour (without creating heat or pressure). The "Cold Fracture Process™" unlocks all of the nutrietns, protein, Omega3 oils, fiber and antioxidants by fracturing the seed hull barrier. Thus, unlocking the nutrition contained inside creating higher bio-availability as compared to the raw seed.
Chia has several other amazing attributes. Chia is a good source of protein and calcium, low in sodium, lower in net carbs than other grains and an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Unlike flax, chia has little to no taste, either ground or whole. The neutral flavor and moisture retaining qualities will enhance the nutritional value without taking away from the experience of your favorite meals.