You may recognize the name chia from the commercials at Christmas time advertising chia pets, the novelty item you watch sprout into an interesting creature or shape. Although not widely popular in America, chia seeds, a member of the mint family, have a long history in Central and Southern Mexico. Legend has that Aztec warriors received chia seeds as part of their daily rations. Chia seeds fell out of favor after the Spanish conquest in an effort to forego anything tied to Aztec religious offerings.
Chia seeds are particularly rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, essential because the body does not produce these fatty acids and they must be obtained through the diet. Chia seeds contain even more Omega-3 EFAs than flaxseeds and with less effort as chia seeds do not require grinding. These seeds are appealing to people who are lactose intolerant and are looking for another source of calcium. In fact, chia seeds have five times as much calcium as milk.
Chia seeds are an abundant source of antioxidants, elements that defend us against free radical damage that leads to all types of diseases including cancer. Chia seeds are also a good source of fiber and minerals like:
When adding these seeds to your diet, it is important to not subject them to heat as heat may destroy its precious elements. Chia seeds are crunchy and nutty. They can be added to cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, and even salads. Better yet, chia seeds can be eaten right out of the package, although eating them with a cracker might help them go down better.
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The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is high in sodium and woefully deficient in potassium, which sets the stage for several problems especially heart dysfunction. One rich potassium source is tomato and vegetable juice. Usually, though, this choice is high in sodium, and the low sodium varieties are high in questionable ingredients, but not R.W. Knudsen Low Sodium Very Veggie® drink. This combination contains about 740 mg. of potassium per serving (8 oz.) and only 35 mg. of sodium. R. W. Knudsen Low Sodium Very Veggie® drink contains a tasty and organic variety of tomatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, beets, watercress, spinach, green bell peppers, and lemon juice concentrate. http://www.knudsenjuices.com
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