Chia seeds are an excellent source of plant based protein. One tablespoon of chia will provide 3g of complete protein, with all nine essential amino acids.
Why do we need protein?
Proteins are a potent force in all living cells, and are fundamental to our very architecture as humans, making up 20 percent of our bodies. Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues, to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Protein is also integral to the structure of our bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
Essential amino acids:
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Each individual type of protein is made from a specific chain of amino acids linked together. There are 20 amino acids in total and while most can be synthesised in our bodies, there are nine ‘essential’ amino acids which must be absorbed in our diets. Chia contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a ‘complete’ protein. This is incredibly rare for a plant based source of protein, and makes chia particularly beneficial for vegetarians, vegans and those who favour a plant based diet.
How to eat chia:
We recommend one tablespoon of chia, every day. Chia has a neutral taste and can easily be added to muesli, salads, soups, smoothies or added to baking – see our recipes for some easy ideas.