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thCADXAK06Aztecs and Mayans began using chia seeds as early as 3500 BC.  They were ground into flour, pressed for oil and mixed into water for drinking.  They were considered “magical” because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.  After the Spanish conquered Latin America, the seeds faded away as the Spanish introduced their own foods.

Chia seeds contain fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin zinc, antioxidants and protein.  In fact, they have more omega-3 fatty acids than even salmon and deliver more calcium than skim milk (18% of daily intake value).  Chia seeds are also known to reduce caloric intake since they absorb up to 12 times their own weight and expand.

They can be eaten in breakfast cereals, yogurt, salad, baked goods, water, juices, and smoothies.  It is now also being added to chicken and cattle feed for more enriched eggs and milk.  I expect the popularity will only continue to grow for chia seeds because of their numerous benefits.

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