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THE Chia seeds, which are obtained from a plant species called Salvia hispanica, have a calcium intake of 600 milligrams per 100 gram serving, (5 times higher than cow's milk) such as to make them among the plant sources with the highest calcium content, together with sesame seeds.
They also have omega3 essential fatty acids for 20% of their weight, a feature that makes them similar to flax seeds: 100 grams of chia seeds have about 20 grams of omega3.
Chia seeds, other properties
THE Chia seeds they are surprising for their health properties that do not stop at the high content of calcium and omega3.
- They have 7 times higher vitamin C content than oranges: 5.4 milligrams per 100 grams
- They have twice the potassium content of bananas: 809.15 milligrams per 100 grams
- They contain three times the amount of iron than spinach: 9.9 milligrams per 100 grams
- They also have a decent content of selenium, zinc, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
- THE Chia seeds they are also rich in antioxidants and amino acids necessary for the body's formation of proteins, including methionine, cysteine and lysine.
In short ... for their content of amino acids, vitamins and mineral salts we could define them as a powerful natural energy supplement for the body! And according to the experts, chia seeds would bring great benefits to the cardiovascular system.
Chia seeds, use in the kitchen
THE Chia seeds they are crunchy with a rather neutral taste and not at all unpleasant. How can they be used in the kitchen?
- You can add them to breakfast muesli or accompany them with cereals and other seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds, for a healthy and nutritious snack throughout the day.
- You can dress numerous dishes including salads, pasta, risotto, barley, millet, legumes and other cereals as you like. You can add them to fruit and / or vegetable smoothies
- You can use them as a decorative element, on croutons and canapés on which you first spread with sauces of all kinds
- You can take them raw as a natural food supplement
Useful information: the recommended dose corresponds to a maximum of 25/30 grams which corresponds to almost two tablespoons. However, before use, it is advisable to contact your doctor for any contraindications.
Chia seeds, nutritional information
THE Chia seeds they have 70 calories every 15 grams of product, a quantity that corresponds to about a tablespoon of product, with an intake of about 3 grams of protein and 7 grams of carbohydrates, in addition to the fatty acids and mineral salts already listed. Chia seeds do not have cholesterol or simple sugars.
It should be noted that these seeds do not have gluten, therefore they can also be taken by those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Chia seeds, storage
Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds can also be stored for years in the pantry in a tightly closed container away from moisture.
Chia seeds - where to buy them
Chia seeds can be bought in the most stocked organic shops and in specialized shops. In the market of chia seeds it has also landed online, in fact there is no shortage of ad hoc ecommerce and proposals on online shopping portals from the fame of Amazon.
Just on Amazon, 500 grams of Chia Seeds are offered at a price of 7.83 euros.
More information on Chia seeds can be found on the page entitled "Chia seeds, contraindications and virtues".
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