Chia-Seeds for Flourishing Life

In today’s world, everyone is focusing on being fit, with having a fat-free and healthy body. While it is makes absolute sense; there are some Essentials fatty acids (EFAs) which plays an important role in our diet. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to obtain enough of these EFAs such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids on a daily basis by our diets. While some of the food sources which contains these EFAs like Fish, green leafy vegetables, flax seeds, shellfish and walnuts are commonplace, an ancient seed named Salvia hispanica has recently regained popularity due to its high nutritional value.

Salvia hispanica seed is frequently called under its common name “chia”. Chia seeds are the tiny edible seeds come from the desert flowering plant of the same name, a member of the mint family. In present days, Chia is known for a healthy source of omega-3 fats and rich in fibre, and fortunately it’s a trending superfood to add to your diet.

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Chia seed plants are primarily grown in Latin America, mainly in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. These seeds have been used for centuries in the Mayan and Aztec diets. There is evidence of eating chia seeds under the premise of ultimate super food that represents “strength” which dates back to origin of these Mayan and Aztec Cultures.

Fast forwards to present it is on the path to regain its status which showing a significant potential in the future. During the forecast period (2016 – 2021), the global chia seed market expected to reach USD 2.1 billion by 2021 from USD 380 million in 2016, registering a CAGR of 40.62%.

Nutrition’s of chia

As mentioned earlier Chia seeds are so beneficial because of its rich fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals

56 gram of chia seeds contains:

  1. Fiber:2g ( 42% of RDA)
  2. Protein:8g (9% of RDA).
  3. Calcium:354mg (18% of RDA).
  4. Fat:18gram 
  5. Manganese:2mg (30% of RDA).
  6. Magnesium:190mg (30% of RDA).
  7. Phosphorous:488mg (27% of RDA).

100grams of tiny baby chia seeds contain 486 calories. They also contains essential fatty acids alpha-linoleic and linoleic acid, strontium, Vitamins A, B, D, and E, and minerals including sulphur, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, and they are rich source of anti-oxidants.

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Benefits of chia

  1. Chia Seeds deliver a large amount of nutrients with very few calorie intake
  2. Chia Seeds are used for increasing the dental strength
  3. They help in combating belly fat and losing weight
  4. Improve the pumping of pure blood which should lower the Risk of Heart Disease
  5. Chia seeds can cause major improvements in Type 2 Diabetics
  6. Chia seeds can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink

Chia Seeds Side Effects

However, there are certain cons with this supposedly superfood.

  1. Chia seeds are to be avoided during Pregnancy and breast-feeding as there is no proof for its safety.
  2. In chia seeds, ALA content is high and few studies have found that consuming high ALA may lead to prostate cancer. It is safe to eat in limited quantity. If you have prostate cancer at starting stage or avoid eating it if at risk.
  3. Chia seeds contain multiple nutrients makes highly beneficial. For maximum benefit it is best to have with well-balanced diet. It is a best addition to diet instead of depending on it completely

Key Trends:

  • Huge untapped market potential is offered by Asia Pacific and European regions
  • Unlimited potential is offered by expanding application scope of chia seeds
  • They have high demand to supply ratio which is creating lucrative opportunities for growth of the market and for manufacturers

Market has been geographically spread to North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Africa. Supplying of chia globally from South America is nearly 80%. Asia-Pacific is expected to the fastest growth because to its large consumer base and consumer interest towards superfoods. Recently, the United States F&B market is bombarded chia seeds and other associated products. Recently in 2016, a chia based drink was launched in UK named wow. After winning, UK govt. Europe wide has approved to use the chia seeds in the beverage. Wow is made by vegetables and cold-pressing fruit with addition of hydrated chia seeds. According to the brand, as a “superdrink” chia based WOW helps hydrate the body, boost metabolism and activate glycogen, which burns fat and provides a feeling of fullness and fitness.

In the coming years, the trend for chia-based products may increase in countries like Brazil, Chile, Spain, and India. For more details kindly go through the “Global Chia Seeds Market” Report by Market Data Forecast. You can obtain the free sample here.

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