What Are Chia Seeds?


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Chia seeds are seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant. They are small, black-and-white seeds that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. The seeds, which are often sold as a weight-loss aid, have a nutty flavor.

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What Are Chia Seeds?
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Salvia hispanica is a member of the mint family and is native to the deserts of Mexico. Ancient Mayans and Aztecs used the seeds as a food staple. The seeds can be consumed alone or can be sprinkled on top of other foods. Soaking the seeds gives them a gelatinous texture, allowing them to be mixed with cereal or baked dishes.

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