The Chia Co - Chia Seed Black Australian Grown - 1 kg. (35.3 oz.)
The Chia Company Australian Grown Black Chia Seed is nature's complete superfood. Chia is an ancient seed that has more omega 3 and dietary fibre than any other food from nature. It has been left out of the modern diet because it is very hard to grow, requiring specific climatic conditions. The Chia Company was so inspired by this miraculous seed that they have dedicated themselves to reviving it – hence The Chia Co.
They grow it naturally in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, exactly 15 degrees from the equator to produce only the best quality chia!
The Chia Co premium quality Australian Grown Chia and Chia products are:
- Gluten Free
- Halal certified
- Kosher certified
- Excellent source of Omega 3 (ALA)
- High Source of Protein
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Excellent source of dietary fiber
- Endorsed by the Celiac Society Inc (Australia)
- Endorsed by the National Heart Foundation (Australia)
- Grown naturally / GMO Free
Chia HistoryChia Nutrition
Originally grown in South America, Chia seeds were first used as food as early as 3500 BC and were one of the main dietary components of the Aztecs and the Mayans. Chia seeds were eaten as a grain, drunk as a beverage when mixed with water, ground into flour, included in medicines, pressed for oil and used as a base for face and body paints. Chia is the Mayan word for strength. The seeds were used by these ancient cultures as mega-energy food, by their running messengers, who would carry a small pouch with them. Chia grows best 15 degrees from the equator and today is grown on this latitude in Australia and South America.
Chia is the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants. Chia is available in two color varieties. The 'black' variety of Chia naturally contains a combination of black, and white seeds. The 'white' Chia variety was formed by specially selecting white seeds from the black variety. The Chia Company grows dedicated paddocks of black and white seed. Aside from the obvious color difference, the seed itself is virtually the same in all of its properties - size, taste and smell, with the exception of a few minor seasonal nutritional differences. The Chia Co refer to Chia as Nature’s Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fiber and protein as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains:
- 37% Dietary Fiber
- 20% Omega 3 ALA
- 20% Protein
- High in antioxidants (ORAC value of 10,000 vitamin E equivalents)
- High in Vitamins and Minerals (Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium)
Chia is a Gluten Free Wholegrain
Chia is a wholegrain food because it contains all components of the grain; the Bran, Germ and Endosperm. There is a constantly growing body of evidence that the consumption of wholegrain foods leads to better health. Research also shows that eating wholegrain foods can help lower the risk of being overweight and lower the risk of diet related disease such as diabetes and heart disease.
Many of the important nutrients are located in the outer layer ‘the Bran’ which is why wholegrain foods are so important. Some research suggests that people who have a diet rich in wholegrain high fiber foods have a reduced risk of bowel cancer.
The amazing thing about Chia as wholegrain food is that it contains such a high amount of fiber, protein and Omega 3 as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids which is very rare for a vegetarian source of protein. Chia is the only wholegrain that you can eat raw exactly as it comes from the plant without removing the husk, milling, processing or cooking.
Who would benefit from Chia Seed and Chia Seed products?
Including chia in the diet has a positive impact on the blood glucose control of Type 2 Diabetes patients. A recent case study by accredited and practicing dietician Emma Morris of Stay Tuned Sports Medicine showed that “The inclusion of 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in the daily diet of diet-controlled Type 2 Diabetics, assisted in the reduction of their morning blood glucose levels and blood glucose levels 2 hours post-dinner”.
Consumers that want to increase their ENERGY LEVELS
Chia provides a sustained release of energy into the body. Many of their consumers are athletes who eat Chia to improve endurance and aid joint mobility and muscle repair.
Consumers that need to increase FIBRE in their diet
Chia contains 36% fiber of which 80% is insoluble and 20% soluble. Consuming fiber helps to lower cholesterol in the body, aids intestinal health, including regular gut function and can reduce the risk and occurrence of colon cancer. A high fiber diet has shown to improve blood sugar control and may help to assist some people with their diabetes management.
Consumers that want to MANAGE their WEIGHT
Chia Seed has the effect of thickening or bulking up food and therefore can give you a full sensation when you add it to food. This can result in you taking in fewer calories over the day and assist with weight loss. Chia also provides a slow release of energy which can sustain you for longer.
Consumers concerned about maintaining their HEART HEALTH
Chia Seed contains 20% Omega 3. Chia Oil, is a more concentrated source providing 60% Omega 3. The Omega 3 ALA found in Chia is especially important for a healthy heart and research has shown it can be beneficial for lowering cholesterol, maintaining artery function and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The heart foundation recommends a daily intake of 2g of Omega 3 ALA as opposed to Omega 3 DHA (found in fish oil) which should be consumed twice a week.
Consumers that want HEALTHY SKIN, HAIR and NAILS
Chia contains a high source of Omega 6 LA, antioxidants and protein which are all important for healthy skin. Studies have shown a diet containing antioxidants can slow the process of aging in the body. Hair and nails are also mostly made of protein. The human body uses protein to build and repair tissues and needs relatively large amounts of protein and must draw on it from the diet as protein isn't stored in the body. Chia is a great natural source of protein since it contains 20% protein in each serve.
The Chia Co Story
The Chia Company is an Australian company specializing in the sustainable farming and development of Chia Seed and Chia Products. The Chia Co was established to contribute positively to the health and wellbeing of the global community. Fourth generation farmer, Company Founder and Managing Director John Foss discovered the benefits of Chia while researching natural solutions to modern diet related diseases such as obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. The modern diet lacks Omega 3, dietary fiber and protein and because Chia contains the richest combined source of these nutrients it makes an extremely positive contribution to a healthy global community.
The Chia Co is the world's largest producer of natural, raw Chia seeds. The Chia Co farms are located in the pristine Kimberley region of Western Australia, exactly 15 degrees south of the equator. Growing Chia at this latitude provides the ideal conditions, maximizing the Omega 3 oil profile in every seed.
The Chia Co produces Chia in harmony with nature, with environmental guidelines followed rigorously and farming practices applied with long-term sustainability in mind. Chia is grown on gravity fed channel irrigation, administered by hand with fresh water from the beautiful Lake Argyle. As custodians of the land in the Kimberley, The Chia Co is fully committed to the care, protection and improvement of the region. The Chia Co products are all made from 100% natural Australian Grown Chia seed. Chia products are mild tasting and easy to include in the every day diet as they can be added to any meal. The product range includes Chia Seed Black, Chia Seed White, Chia Oil, Chia Bran, Chia Ground Seed and Chia Shots.