Chia seeds come from the chia plant (Salvia hispanica L.) and are rich in Polyunsaturated fat, as omega-3 fatty acids, Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Phosphorus and Zinc.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds (28 grams) contain about 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fibre, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, 18% Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for calcium, and trace minerals including zinc and copper. They are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body.
They can be added to cereals, crackers, beverages, bread, and other baked goods to boost their nutritional value. They may also be used to replace eggs in baking or to make dessert pudding.
Chia seeds are a versatile, nutritious and tasty ingredient to include in your diet, especially for anyone seeking ways to increase their daily amount of plant-based food.