Salvia hispanica, which originated from Mexico and Central America, has the flowers of purple and white. Its seeds(also called Chia/Chia seeds) have two colors- black and white. Both contain a large amount of fiber and rich nutrients. Chia seeds were a staple food for the ancient Aztecs and even traded as a form of currency. Apart from this, they were offered to the gods as worship during religious ceremonies and could be used to ease the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, body odor, constipation and so on. However, when Spanish landed in Mexico, they deliberately eliminated Chia seeds and few years ago, Dr. Wayne Coates found Chia and brought it back to the public.
Our bodies are able to digest and absorb Chia easily. Chia can be combined with our daily foods like beverages, yogurts and salads without changing their flavors. Since Chia improves energy and metabolism, you can just take a handful of Chia seeds with you when going out for jogging. Whenever you feel hungry or lacking energy, you can just swallow them down water. On top of that, Chia can be mixed with oatmeal, pudding or peanut butter. Some people are of the opinion that Chia can elevate the taste of the foods and thus, they will add some Chia seeds in sandwiches or salads. Both whole and ground Chia seeds have the same nutrients and health benefits.