If you are over thirty and American, you probably remember those cheesy commercials for “Chia Pets,” various animal-shaped pottery planters that would grow “fur” when the chia seeds planted inside sprouted.
Both flax and chia species are oil seeds which have found renewed popularity among modern, nutrition-conscious consumers.
Chia is the edible seed of the desert plant, salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows in Southern Mexico. Chia seeds were a dietary staple in ancient cultures such as the Aztecs and the Mayans.
Today’s cultures are rediscovering the health benefits of both chia and flax seeds. These miraculous seeds contain significant amounts of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, and almost 30 percent fiber!
For a fabulous way to fuel your fitness routine and keep your digestive tract running efficiently, look to ground flax and/or chia seeds. They are available in health food stores and many grocery stores. You can purchase them whole or ground. For convenience, the ground versions are optimal—especially since the seeds must be ground in order for the body to assimilate the nutrients within.
Ground flax or chia seeds are versatile. Try them on salads, cereals, oatmeal, or yogurt. They can be added to baking recipes to increase fiber and nutrient content. Remember to refrigerate the package of ground flax or chia after opening in order to preserve the oils’ freshness and prevent rancidity.
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