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Chia Seeds (Omega 3 Fatty Acids)

   
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What are Chia Seeds (Omega 3 Fatty Acids)

Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) originate from South America and have been used as a food for thousands of years by the Mayans and Aztecs. Chia seeds are small oval seeds with a diameter of about 1mm. They can be either black or white, and in some cases they can have a mixed grey or brown colour.

What is the main Function, Features and Benefits of Chia Seeds?

Recently chia seeds have been labelled a complete super food as they are one of the richest plant sources of Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein. These nutrient dense seeds also contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids.

What also makes chia seeds so unique is that the Omega 3 content is heat stable, so you can use them to cook. This is believed to be attributable to the chia seeds high antioxidant content. The antioxidants protect the essential fatty acids from being degraded. Linseeds contain similar amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids as chia seeds, yet the omega 3 content within linseeds is not heat stable and is easily destroyed through heating. 
Chia seeds can be added to foods as a great way to enhance your diet and boost your essential fatty acid and dietary fibre intake.

Major Features of Chia Seeds

- Natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids; 3200mg Omega 3 ALA per serve (most fish oil capsules contain 1000mg) – equivalent to eating a 200g salmon fillet
- High in fibre – 4.7 grams per serve (16% of Recommended Daily Intake)
- Antioxidant rich – black seeds contain almost twice the amount of antioxidants than white seeds
- Natural source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron & phosphorus

Features and Benefits of Chia Seeds

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What Minerals, Vitamins and Nutrients are in Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds have also been dubbed ‘natures multivitamin’ as they naturally contain a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Chia seeds are a natural source of the following nutrients, however, nutrient levels can vary depending on where the seeds are grown.
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Where are Chia Seeds Grown?

Chia is native to Mexico and Guatemala and grown commercially in Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Australia. In 2008, Australia was the world's largest producer of Chia (wikipedia).

Directions for using Chia Seeds:

Suggested Use: Mix 1 tablespoon into foods such as cereals, porridge, yoghurt, smoothies, sauces and salad dressings. Alternatively they can be added to water or juice, when added to liquids the chia seeds will swell and form a gel like substance. 

Suggestions for using Chia Seeds:

- Sprinkle over cereal or porridge
- Add to fruit and yoghurt
- Mix into smoothies and juices, will make the drink thicken
- Use to thinken sauces and casseroles
- Mix into baking; muffins, slices etc.
- Mix into salad dressings; will naturally thicken
- Add 1 tablespoon to a glass of water  - the seeds will swell and form a gel like substance. Drink 1–2 hours before meal times to increase satiety and delay gastric emptying

What is the Difference Between Chia Seeds and Other Seeds?

Next time any recipe calls for sesame seeds, such as in muffins, slices loafs, rissoles, casseroles etc, swap your sesame seeds for nutrient dense chia seeds. By doing this you will receive more fibre, calcium and potassium, plus Omega 3 fatty acids not in sesame seeds. See breakdown below:
- 3200mg Omega 3 essential fatty acids (equivalent to eating 200g piece of salmon) - you won’t get Omega 3 in sesame seeds
- Over 3 times more fibre
- Over 8 times more calcium
- 3 times more potassium 
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What are Morlife Chia Seeds Free From?

- Gluten Free
- Free from colours, flavours and preservatives
- Very low in sugar and sodium
- All natural 100% pure

Where Can I Buy Morlife Chia Seeds?

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