Chia is one of the highest plant based sources of Omega 3. Omegas are essential fatty acids which the body cannot make so they must be consumed through our diet. 2g of Omega 3 ALA daily contributes to the maintenace of normal cholestrol levels. Chia contains 2.7g Omega 3 ALA per 15g serving and hence supports a healthy heart.
Chia is the highest source of fibre of all nuts and seeds, containing an average of 20% more fibre than flax seed. Fibre is a part of food that cannot be digested and contains no calories. It passes through the body unabsorbed and helps the body eliminate waste. However it appears that almost 80% of Irish adults do not eat enough fibre. Chia seed is naturally high in fibre and is a great way to boost the fibre content in foods.
Chia is a great source of protein containing all 9 essential amino acids and as much protein as almonds and cashews and at least 30% more protein than walnuts, brazil nuts and pecans.
The table below compares the level of nutrients in chia with other common nuts and seeds.
Visual Comparison of Fibre Rich Foods