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Plant description

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested it was as important as maize as a food crop. Ground or whole chia seeds are still used in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala for nutritious drinks and as a food source.

The word "chia" is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily. The present Mexican state of Chiapas received its name from the Nahuatl "chia water" or "chia river".

It is one of two plants known as chia, the other being Salvia columbariae commonly known as golden chia.

Chia is an annual herb growing up to 1.75 metres (5.7 feet) tall, with opposite leaves that are 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) long and 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) wide. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem.

     
 

Effect

Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25–30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid (ALA). Of total fat, the composition of the oil can be 55% ω-3, 18% ω-6, 6% ω-9, and 10% saturated fat.

The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked. While soaking, the seeds develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating that gives chia-based beverages a distinctive texture.

In 2009, the European Union approved chia seeds as a novel food, allowing up to 5% of a bread product's total matter.

Chia seeds may be added to other foods as a topping or put into smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, granola bars, yogurt, tortillas, bread, made into a gelatin-like substance or consumed raw. The gelatin-gel can be used to replace as much as 25% of egg content and oil in cakes while providing other nutrients.



 

 

Chia - capsules Chia - capsules
Price: 43,49 zł
each

Number of capsules: 100

Weight of capsule: 280mg

Chia - minced seeds - 100g Chia - minced seeds - 100g
Price: 9,51 zł

Weight : 100g

Contents : minced seeds

Chia - minced seeds - 500g Chia - minced seeds - 500g
Price: 27,95 zł

Weight : 500g

Contents : minced seeds

Chia - seeds - 100g Chia - seeds - 100g
Price: 9,01 zł
each

Weight : 100g

Contents : seeds

Chia - seeds - 500g Chia - seeds - 500g
Price: 25,99 zł
each

Weight : 500g

Contents : seeds

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