CHIA, THE MAGIC SEED

It has lately become fashionable, if that is how one could describe it, to eat foods that did not previously form part of our diet, essentially because they were unknown in our country… algae, quinoa, chia… and today we will speak about this last one. This is a herbaceous plant from the same family as mint, which was already a mainstay of the food eaten by the indigenous Americans who travelled from Colorado to the California coast to do trade with their turquoises. Since 2013, when its consumption was approved by the European Union, it is present in many bakery products, breakfast cereals and mixed in with other fruits.

Chia is rich in Omega-3 and antioxidants. It is an important source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. It contains proteins of high biological value and provides many vitamins. And if this were not enough, these seeds also provide the body with a great deal of fibre. It is recommended as forming part of slimming diets, since besides being nutritious it is highly satiating given that the seeds absorb water and increase their size by 10 times. But not everything about them is good. They should be eaten with caution since they can lower blood pressure, produce allergies and intestinal gas problems in people who are prone to them. For all these reasons, if you have never eaten them you should bring them into your diet with some caution. Chia seeds can be eaten on their own (always with a large glass of water), in liquids (broths, lemonade, herbal teas, etc.) or mixed in with salads, bakery products, etc.