Chia seeds are small black seeds of the Salvia Hispanica plant, from the mint family. This plant is native to South America.
Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztec and Mayan peoples. They valued them for their ability to provide sustainable energy.
In fact, "Chia" is the ancient Mayan word for "strength". Chia is super rich in fiber and because of all the fiber, chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, expanding and becoming a kind of gel on contact with the stomach, increasing the sensation of satiety.
Chia seeds will increase satiety, contribute to the slow absorption of your food, thus eating less amounts and automatically less calories.
Fiber also feeds the good bacteria in your gut, which are absolutely crucial to your health.
Chia seeds are also rich in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss-friendly macronutrient and can dramatically reduce appetite and cravings.