Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which grows in Mexico. The Mayan and Aztec cultures used chia seeds as an energy booster, as they provide carbohydrates, protein and fiber.
Chia seeds have a nutty flavor and are often used in baked goods, cereals and vegetable and rice side dishes. Some health experts suggest using chia seeds as an alternative to processed grains because it is healthier.
Chia seeds have a higher antioxidant activity than any other whole food. They also provide omega-3 fatty acids. Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber. These seeds can be absorbed by the body as a whole seed, rather than ground.