Grains, Pulses and Seeds

Background


Salvia Hispanica L.(Chia) Background 

 
Importance of Topic to Practice
Promoted as a healthy addition to the diet, it is important for dietitians to know the composition and the potential health benefits of chia seeds.
 

Topic Overview
Salvia hispanica L. (Lamiaceae), commonly known as chia, is a grain with a long history of use by humans (1,2). The plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala (3). Chia seeds were used for food, oil and medicines as long ago as pre-Columbian times in Mesoamerica and are thought to have been at

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