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Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs Paperback – February 1, 2005
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“Admirably [raises] chia seeds in the reader’s consciousness.” —Plant Science
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In this book, agronomist Ricardo Ayerza and agricultural engineer Wayne Coates trace the long and fascinating history of chiaas use, then reveal the scientific story of the plant and its modern potential. They compare fatty acid profiles of chia with our other major sources--fish oil, flaxseed, and marine algae--and provide evidence that chia is superior in many ways.
Here are just some of the benefits that chia provides:
- chia has the highest known percentage of alpha-linolenic acid, and the highest combined alpha-linolenic and linoleic fatty acid percentage of all crops
- chia has more protein, lipids, energy, and fiberabut fewer carbsathan rice, barley, oats, wheat, or cornaand its protein is gluten-free
- chia is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper
- chia is low in sodium: salmon has 78 times as much, tuna 237 times as much
- chia exhibits no evidence of allergic response, even in individuals with peanut and tree-nut allergies
- chia doesnat give off a afishy flavor, a unlike some other sources of omega-3 fatty acid The need to balance the essential fatty acid content of the human diet, combined with the need for asafe, renewable, omega-3 fatty acid source, positions chia to become one of the worldas important crops. As this insightful study shows, current nutritional understanding provides an excellent opportunity to reintroduce this important food to the world.
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I love Chia seeds & eat them every day. However, the book wasn't quite what I expected. He had quite a lot of information that I do not agree with, & there were lots of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Judith L. Griffin
Book cover claims;
1. Superior to other plant and marine sources of omega 3... Plants do not have omega 3, it is ALA which turns to omega 3 which is questionable even if it... Read more
I found this book to be very helpful and informative. Has some good recipes too. If you want to know more about chia, buy it.Published on April 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book gives a background and history of the chia crop and some of its uses. Its a bit long winded and there wasn't enough of the potential medicinal uses of chia.Published on December 6, 2011 by Mogrash beetle
I would recommend this book to a friend, colleagues, associates, family and everyone. This book is about the rediscovery of a native food with amazing nutritional properties. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Chucho