"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, vegans and those who favour a plant based diet."
Chia seeds from The Chia Co. are grown exactly 15 degrees from the equator to ensure they contain:
- 37% Dietary Fibre
- 20% Omega 3 ALA
- 20% Protein
Why is Chia great for a Vegan diet?
Chia seeds are the highest plant-based form of essential Omega-3 fats which is something non-vegans obtain from oily fish. Using Chia seeds as plant based source of these essential fats acts as the perfect alternative for vegan diets and can be incorporated into both savoury and sweet meals - by adding a tablespoon of Chia into your daily diet delivers 3g of Omega-3 ALA.
Chia seeds are also the highest plant-based form of gut healthy fibre - in just one tablespoon of Chia you can receive 6g of dietary fibre. Chia contains 20% soluble fibre which is fantastic for moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol.
Where vegans are unable to gain protein from meat, Chia can supply this in abundance as the seeds contain all nine essential amino acids that are the vital building blocks of protein, necessary in retrieving the benefits that include building/repairing tissue and assisting in the creation of enzymes.
Minerals and Vitamins
In modern diets it is hard to incorporate all minerals, vitamins and antioxidants required, but Chia can assist in us consuming these due to the tiny seed bursting with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Chia seeds are able to absorb up to 16 times their weight in liquid meaning they swell and can lead to increased satiety, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
By John Foss, Founder of The Chia Co.
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