Chia Nutrition

OUR REMARKABLE NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

Chia is the highest plant based source of omega-3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants.

Chia seeds can be either black or while, but should never be brown. Black and white chia seeds are nutritionally identical, differing only in the color of their seed coat. If chia seeds appear brown however it’s an indication of immaturity and low nutritional quality.

We guarantee the nutritional profile of every chia seed we produce. We let our chia ripen naturally in the sun and using gravity fed irrigation to ensure our crops grow to the best of their ability. 

Our Chia seeds contain: 
37% Dietary Fibre 
20% Omega 3 ALA 
20% Protein

The protein in chia contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a ‘complete’ protein. This is incredibly rare for a plant based source of protein, and makes chia particularly beneficial for vegetarians and vegans. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bodies, and are essential for healthy muscles, hair, skin and nails.

Omega-3 is a vital nutrient for brain function and overall health and vitality, while chia’s high levels of both soluble and insoluble fibre can aid digestion, helping you to feel fuller for longer and can also help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol.

Our Chia seeds are a gluten-free wholefood, too.

The term ‘wholefood’ refers to foods that are unprocessed and unrefined. Chia is one of few grain-like seeds that can be eaten completely in its natural state – no grinding, no cooking and no processing.

Wholefoods are beneficial as they contain high concentrations of complex micronutrients, antioxidants, fibers and many other phytochemicals which are often missing from processed foods. Diets rich in wholefoods have been identified as protective against chronic diseases including cancer, due to the synergy of antioxidants and phytochemicals.

We choose our ingredients carefully.

When developing our ready-to-eat product line our commitment to global health remains a driving factor. We only use ‘real food’ ingredients, steering clear of artificial flavors, emulsifiers or preservatives. When sweetening is required, we use macronutrient-rich, low GI coconut sugar. Coconut oil and coconut milk is used to give our products a creamy dairy-free texture, while providing vital healthy fats which assist with fuelling our muscles and brain. All our products are proudly dairy-free, vegan and non-GMO.

 

 

NATURE AND OUR FARMERS GOT OUR CHIA SEEDS JUST RIGHT
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.

Our 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.

Calcium
We all know how good calcium is for bones and teeth. But did you know it’s also essential for neuromuscular and cardiac function?

Iron
Iron is a component of several proteins, the most important of which is hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to tissues and organs like the heart and muscles, as well as many others.

Magnesium
The strength and formation of our teeth don’t just have calcium to thank. Magnesium is the vehicle that aids in our body's absorption of calcium. It also plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart by stabilizing its rhythm and helping prevent abnormal blood clotting.

Phosphorus
One of the main components of bone structure is phosphate, which is supplied to the body by phosphorus. Phosphorus helps your body’s calcium be as effective as possible while also maintaining the health of the kidneys and regulating your fluid level.

Potassium
Blood pressure regulation, maintaining the right level of water in your fat cells and muscle tissues and the proper functioning of cells are just some of the roles of this important mineral.

Gluten-free
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.

Coconut: Healthy fats & lauric acid

To keep our foods vegan friendly, we use coconut milk and oil in our ready-to-eat products as an alternative to dairy. Coconut products do contain saturated fats, however these fats are medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which are generally considered a ‘healthy’ form of fat. 

MCFAs found in foods such as coconuts are metabolised in the liver and are converted to vital fuel for our brain and muscles, rather than being stored as fats. While they can cause a raise in total cholesterol, MCFAs predominantly cause a raise in HDL (good cholesterol). 

Coconut oil is also a remarkable source of lauric acid, a substance which is highly prized by our bodies for its antiviral properties. Pure coconut oil is the most abundant natural source of of lauric acid, containing almost 50% which is comparable only to the levels found in breast milk. In fact, the lauric acid in breast milk is considered a key factor to breast-fed babies' natural resistance to infections.

As well as offering protection against bacteria and viruses, lauric acid has been linked with increasing metabolic rate and improving the condition of skin and hair.