Chia seeds are small-sized edible seeds of a desert plant Salvia hispanica. As its name stands for strength, these seeds are a powerhouse of several healthy nutrients. Though native to Mexico and Guatemala, these seeds are immensely popular around the world. Chia seeds, with their mild and nutty flavor, can be treated as whole-grain containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. They are recognized for reducing food cravings, thus, giving a feeling of satiation. They are also potent enhancers of good cholesterol or HDL.
- Origin: Peru, Paraguay, Argentina