Most of the cooking methods destroys the nutrients and vitamins of the food. However, cooking is also needed to prepare eatable, tasty and digestable form. But cooking methods usually add un-necessary fat, calories, spices, chemicals as a result even best foods are turned into bad foods. The concept of eating raw or natural form is ideal choice but except fruits, salads and nuts hardly there is a food that can be eaten without cooking. Chia is an ideal choice.
Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) is one of the super-foods which fulfils necessary dietary requirements and also prevents the body from the risks of chronic diseases. Before 5,000-15,000 B.C. the Aztec people used to consume chia seeds as staple food and it was considered as 3rd major crop. Chia is native to south American countries. In 2009, the European Union affirmed Chia seeds as a novel grain food, enabling them to contain up to 5% of a bread items. Chia seeds have 15 times more magnesium (Mg) than Brocolli, 8 times more omega-3 than salmon, 5 times more calcium (Ca) than milk, 3 times more anti-oxidants than blueberries, 3 times more iron (Fe) than spinach, more proteins than oat, barley and wheat. Natural rich source of vitamins and minerals, suitable and meat-alternate for vegetarians, no mycotoxins, no gluten and have safer level of heavy metals. It stabilizes blood sugars and controls appetite, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, can be used as butter substitute, treats anaemia, helps in weight loss, prevents osteoporosis, slows aging process, improves health of skin, nails and hair, improves digestions, mineral powerhouse and greater detoxifier.
How to use? Soak 2 teaspoon of chia seeds in warm water or milk, it will swell up. Add fruits, nuts, milk or yogurt, cereals of choice and enjoy a a very healthy food without cooking.
Is chia is basil ?
the Chia is a separate plant apart of tukhm-e-balangu which can’t be considered same. Basil/sabja, black psyllium and lady’s mantle which are separate plants having scientific names Ocimum basilicum, Plantago psyllium and Alchemilla mollis, respectively. In the scientific papers, literatures and thesis chia is not said as tukhm-e-balangu. Chia is only known as Chia and Lallemantia royleana is tukhm-e-balangu not anything else. So, on the basis of all these facts, the Chia mustn’t be confused with tukhm-e-balangu and no any other name is granted to tukhm-e-balangu. By cultivating chia, the problem of malnutrition can be solved and the farmers can get good profit by fulfilling their domestic expenses and can contribute to in the prosperity and development of our country.
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