What is it?
Chia seeds were one of the most popular superfoods in the past few years. But what exactly are they and where do they come from? Chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries. They come from a flowering plant in the mint family that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. These seeds were unknown in North America until researcher Wayne Coates began studying them as an alternate crop for farmers in Northern Argentina in 1991. He discovered their great health benefits, which are widespread in North America today. These little seeds come in either white or a dark brown and black color. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds can be eaten whole and do not have to be ground before consumption in order to access their health benefits.