No Chia hype here. You may already know the potential health benefits of chia with its high levels of omega3 and impressive nutritional profile. If do want to know more about chia a good source is Dr Wayne Coates, author of the book Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs - http://azchia.com/research. We also have some further information below. Over the coming months we will be delivering factual chia information, recipes and advice on www.realfoodsource.com. If chia seeds are for you then then get premium EU authorised conventional and organic chia seeds from the RealFoodSource at the best possible prices.
As ever just great honest real foods without the hype from the real food source. What makes us different?
We deliver to Mainland UK via courier.
Our chia is packaged in a high quality heat sealed re-sealable pouch.
Our labels contain contact information, nutritional data, batch numbers, country of origin, best before date, and organic certifying body when applicable on organic goods.
Our weighing equipment has been verified by trading standards weights and measures.
We are a registered food handling company. This can be verified by contacting East Lothian trading Standards.
We leave out the hype and contentious, often unsubstantiated, health claims. We simply encourage customers to do their own research.
Although the production of conventional chia does not usually involve much in the way of pesticides or non organic fertilisers they are not guaranteed to be produced without the use of any agrochemicals. For those preferring a certified organically produced product we now stock both white and dark organic chia seeds.
Please read our delivery info below before ordering from outside Mainland UK.
Please note that the quoted delivery price or free delivery is for Mainland UK only. Certain areas of the UK will cost more to deliver to. These areas include the Scottish highlands and islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Isle of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight. This chia will be delivered via courier and unfortunately the cost of delivering large parcels to the above regions is an extra £7. We cannot offer free delivery to these regions.
For delivery to the rest of the European Union via courier the cost ranges from £10 to £25 for up to 30kg depending on country. France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Republic Of Ireland, Austria, Denmark is £10. Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Spain is £11.50. For other EU countries please contact us for a delivery price.
A little history
According to Dr Wayne Coates there is evidence that chia seeds were first used as a food as early as 3500 B.C., and served as a cash crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. Chia seeds were eaten as a grain alone or mixed with other grains, drank as a beverage when placed in water, ground into flour, included in medicines, and pressed for oil and used as a base for face and body paints. Aztec rulers received chia seeds as an annual tribute from conquered nations, and the seeds were offered to the gods during religious ceremonies. Chia was once valued so much so highly it was used as currency. It is believed the conquest of America repressed the natives and banned the production of many crops with religious significance including chia. Chia continued to grow wild and a few indigenous populations continued to harvest the seeds, and now 500 years after the conquests chia seeds are once again a highly valued food source.
Chia seeds are the richest vegetable source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia Seed has a great ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 (3:1) and a 63% alpha linolenic acid (ALA) content. There is increasing awareness of the importance of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids for cardiovascular health and combating many chronic conditions. There is a significant amount of research into the various health benefits of Omega-3 which can be found on the web.
Chia seeds are high in protein. However not all proteins are equal. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Of the amino acids found in proteins, some can be made by the body while others are essential in the diet. Chia contains all 8 essential amino acids along with the non essential acids.
Vitamins, Nutrients and Antioxidants
Chia seeds contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. These include Calcium - Iron - Magnesium - Phosphorus - Potassium - Iodine - Zink - Selenium - Manganese - Vitamins A - C - D - E - K - B1 - B2 - B6 - B12 - Niacin - Folate - Biotin - Quercetin - and more. It has been reported that orac value (antioxidant strength) for chia is higher than many berries and chocolate at a score of 10,250. Blueberries score is 8708 for comparison.
If fibre is your thing then chia seeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. It has been suggested that soluble fibre helps moderate blood glucose levels and insoluble fibre offers benefits to intestinal health. We suggest you to do your own research on fibre.
Chia is naturally gluten free and is fantastic for gluten free baking. Some people use it to replace eggs but we use it to add protein, nutrients, and binding properties to other gluten free flours. Milled chia flour is particularly useful for creating nutritious gluten free baked treats when mixed with other natural gluten free ingredients.
Some Reported Health Benefits
When added to a diet lacking in many essential nutrients chia clearly offers some great benefits. Many claims are made with little scientific research to back them up, though there are some interesting studies out there. There are many people who are adamant on the benefits of chia including most of our customers. The web is full of stories on the effects of chia seeds and as ever we encourage your own research. We will try and remain impartial and simply list the claimed benefits. So here goes...
Sustained Energy and Fluid Delivery resulting in enhanced endurance
Helping to control blood insulin spikes and benefiting diabetics
Has anti-ageing properties
Keeps you regular
Helps control weight by keeping hunger at bay
Has anit-ageing properties
Can replace many expensive vitimin supplements
Can replace eggs in baked goods for those with egg allergies
Chia seeds are a novel food!
Please note that Chia seeds have novel food status in the EU and can only be sold at present for the purposes of a 5% ingredient in bread making. We take no responsibility for any other uses that well informed customers choose to use chia seeds for. We only source chia seeds that are authorised for sale in the UK and EU under the novel food regulations. See below for further details.
So what do we mean by authorised chia? The short answer is chia seeds that have been supplied from the few producers who have successfully applied for authorisation to sell their seeds within the EU as a novel food.