Chia Seeds set to become winner among global health crops. Chia seeds are set to become the next quinoa in the superfoods market. Chia seeds are grown in small quantities in Southern America and almost unheard of globally.
Naturopathic doctors and food coaches deem chia sees are the richest combined source of omega 3 fatty acids and protein on the planet.
- Australian farmers are increased domestic production to fuel global demand
- Australian farmer, John Foss, founder of The Chia Co (www.thechicaco.com)
Said at Global Food Forum in Melbourne:
“Australia has an opportunity to positive itself as offering premium high-quality and safe health foods worldwide."
One of the main barriers to farmers moving away from traditional crops has been a lack of capital investment. But now is changing:
- Investment bankers and financiers are looking to these new crops as a place to invest in
- Flow of funding back into agriculture is increasing
This could lead to healthier foods being brought to market. Perhaps in the future, moving away from GMO foods which help save money by making food last longer.
Chia Seed health benefits
- Can be eaten raw or cooked
- Sprinkle on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal or smoothies
- Can be added to baked goods like breads and muffins
- Many vegans incorporate this into their daily meals
- Full of omega-3 fatty acids
- High in quality protein
- Help with brain health
- Help with bone health
- Cause improve Type 2 diabetes
- Give energy for exercise more than energy drinks
- High protein and fiber contents will help with weight loss
- Omega 3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol (the good one)
- Helps protect against heart attack and stroke
Just an ounce of chia seeds per day would provide 18% of daily calcium needed, 27% phosphorous and 30% mangansese. Compared to flaxseed, chia seeds provide more omega-3s and fiber. It helps to reduce risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.