Chia – Salvia hispanica

Chia – Salvia hispanica

Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to the center and south of Mexico and Guatemala that was cultivated by Aztecs and Mayas in pre-Columbian times. Currently, it is produced in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Chia seeds tastes good, and can be a valuable addition to the diet.

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Geographical distribution

Health benefits:

Chia is a great source of Omega 3, and it does not contain gluten in its chemical composition so it is ideal for people with celiac disease. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, niacin and zinc, as well as soluble fibers and natural antioxidants. Chia helps control cholesterol levels and boosts immune system.

Applications:

  • Oats
  • Granola
  • Juices and Smoothies
  • Bakery and Pastry

Presentations:

  • Seeds
  • Private Label

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