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TheChiaCo Chia Seed Black 500g
- Contain both types of fibres to keep you regular & healthy
- Contain a wide variety of vitamins minerals
- 100% Gluten Free & great source of goodness!
- Sustainably grown and 100% chemical free.
We bring Australian Grown chia to you in its simplest form. Pure, clean and sun ripened.
We let our chia ripen naturally in the sun and use gravity-fed irrigation to achieve the highest level of nutritional quality. We guarantee the levels of omega 3, fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals in every seed we produce, with full traceability right back to the paddock the seed was grown in. Black and white chia seeds are nutritionally identical, the only difference being the seed coat colour.
We recommend one tablespoon (15g) of chia, every day. Sprinkle onto your muesli or cereals, into your salads or smoothies, or add to your baking.
Chia is the best plant-based source of of Omega 3, fibre and protein.
Chia seeds is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Eat Chia seeds daily for your required nutrient intake.
Chia seeds’ nutrients and great tastes are consistent even after cooking.
Black or white seeds are both nutritious and delicious!
Our chia seeds are grown and packed in Australia.
DIETARY FIBRE: THE FACTS
There are two types of dietary fibre and each plays a vital role in our health. ‘Soluble’ fibre, of which Chia contains 20%, dissolves in water, swelling to form a gel-like substance. This form of fibre has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. ‘Insoluble’ fibre, which makes up the remaining 80% of Chia’s fibre content does not dissolve in water and actually remains close to its original form throughout its path in the digestive system, providing roughage to keep you regular, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer.
THE ESSENTIALS OF OMEGA-3
Chia contains a type of Omega-3 fatty acid known as ALA. This kind of Omega-3 is particularly important to the heart by helping lower cholesterol and helping to maintain proper artery function, thereby helping reduce cardiovascular disease.
The Heart Foundation recommends that you consume plant based Omega-3 ALA every day and Omega-3 EPA DHA, found in fish, twice a week. The type of Omega-3 ALA found in Chia is recommended for consumption daily to maintain your heart and overall health. Omega-3 ALA can be partially converted to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which studies have shown can be beneficial for brain function, mood disorders and cardiovascular health. How much you convert depends on many factors like your diet and fitness levels which is why it is recommended that you eat both plant based and some marine based Omega-3.
Chia seeds also contain Omega 6 LA, which does a great job giving you healthier skin. Some of the Omega-6 in Chia will be converted to Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Arachidonic Acid (AA), which, according to research can be beneficial for anti-inflammation, joint mobility and heart function.
PROTEIN & AMINO ACIDS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Protein is a potent force in all living cells. For us humans, our nails and hair are mostly protein (though don’t go eating them). Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. It’s also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. As you can see, the body needs rather large amounts of protein and needs to obtain it from diet alone as it’s not stored in the body.
Amino acids, on the other hand, are the actual building blocks of protein. Our Chia seeds contain all eight essential amino acids found in proteins. And while some of those can be made by the body, others must be found in diet, which is why Chia is so important. Amino acids are used to synthesize body proteins and are used as a source of dietary energy.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
The antioxidants found in our Chia seeds essentially combat oxidization, which is a naturally occurring process in our bodies caused by sun exposure or pollution. Antioxidants neutralize this process and are found in abundance in our Chia seeds. It’s widely accepted that antioxidants are vital in the maintenance of healthy cells. Studies show that a diet rich in antioxidants can slow the aging process in the body as well as the brain, while also reducing the effects of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and muscle degeneration. Antioxidant levels are measured by their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, or ORAC score. Chia seeds have an ORAC value of 10,000 vitamin E equivalents.
VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRACE ELEMENTS & GLUTEN-FREE
Our Chia seeds contain a whole lot of other goodness that’s essential for your health and wellbeing.
Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Happily for those who can’t tolerate gluten when it comes into contact with their small intestine (known as coeliac disease), Chia is 100% gluten-free.
How and Where we Farm:
Chia is not created equal. Where and how Chia is grown has a significant impact on its nutritional properties. The latitude, water source, day length, climate, soil and harvesting methods all play a part in developing nutrition in the seed. The Chia Co chia is grown in Western Australia, because it provides the ideal growing conditions for Chia including latitude, soil type, ample water from Lake Argyle and a distinct dry season for growing Chia. The combination of all these elements is crucial to maximize the Omega 3 content and purity of every seed