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What Are Chia Seeds

What are Chia Seeds

The nutritional value is simply fantastic and that what makes them so super!

Chia seeds are 20% protein, 20% omega 3, high in antioxidants and fibre as well as low in sugar.

Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavour which makes the perfect for consumption in a number of ways. As well as combined with our wholesome ingredients to create naturally delicious, nutritious fuel food, chia seeds can be sprinkled on numerous dishes including cereal, salad, vegetables, rice dishes and more. You can buy whole chia seeds direct from us, just click here.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that are the highest plant based source of Omega-3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants you can find.

The History of Chia

‘Chia’ - pronounced chee-ah derives from Mayan word for ‘strength’. The Chia plant is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. There is evidence to suggest that Chia dates back as early as 1500 B.C. Chia was considered running food in the ancient civilisation because messengers could run all day with just a small handful of chia seeds and for extended journeys they would carry a small pouch with them. Endurance is at the heart of the history of chia; it is said that Aztec warriors survived on nothing but chia during conquests and that Native Americans from the south-west would only get around a teaspoon of chia seeds per 24 hours on forced marches. Chia was so valuable to some societies, that it was used as a form of currency.

Modern Day Chia

Modern day Tarahumara Indians in Mexico still carry chia with them on during ultra runs through the desert.

The Tarahumara Indians are the ultimate endurance athletes, ultra marathons across harsh terrain are part of their day to day lives, and they breeze into 50+ mile runs, carrying with them a drink made from lime juice, water and chia. The Tarahumara are so adept at running, a runner covered the distance it had taken an explorer 10 hours to cover by mule, in just 90 minutes. The Tarahumara still chase down much of their food on foot, simply running until the animal drops from exhaustion.

The Tarahumara first appeared on the Ultra marathon circuit in 1992 at the Leadville 100-mile run in Colorado. They were brought from Mexico specifically to race and then next year they took first, second and fifth, the winner was fifty-five years old A Tarahumara won Leadville again in 1994 and unofficially crossed the finish line first at the Wasatch 100-Mile run in Utah. They have rarely raced since.

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