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National Chia Day 2023: Date, History, Facts about Chia seeds

Chia seeds are loaded with nutritional value. From vitamins and minerals to proteins, fibers, and omega-3 fatty acids, their nutritional benefits are extensive.

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On National Chia Day, which is now observed annually on March 23, we give thanks to the earth for providing us with an inexhaustible supply of these flattened, millimeter-sized ovals that pack an unrivaled nutritional punch. Chia seeds have been around for more than 3,500 years, but they did not receive the attention they deserved until 2016. These tiny, powerful seeds are one of the uncommon superfoods on the planet.

The background of National Chia Day

Chia seeds are loaded with nutritional value. From vitamins and minerals to proteins, fibers, and omega-3 fatty acids, their nutritional benefits are extensive. Ancient Mayans, Aztecs, and Tarahumara discovered these’magical seeds’ to be their primary source of energy. Their warriors would tie a handful to their waists and toss a spoonful of seeds into their mouths every so often, allowing them to withstand the long days of travel without stopping to eat. Since then, chia seeds have become a staple of the Aztec diet, and Mayans have adopted the term ‘chia’ to mean’strength’ in their vernacular.

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The origin of chia seeds is the minty arid plant Salvia hispanica, which is indigenous to southern and central Mexico. In the 1980s, Dr. Wayne Coates of the University of Arizona discovered chia seeds while conducting research on ancient plants and was taken away by their rich nutritional profile. Not until 20 years later, when the vegan lifestyle began to acquire popularity, did the search for plant-based proteins bring chia seeds to the attention of the general public.

When researchers reevaluated the nutritional value of the edible seeds, the tiny grains were promoted as a “superfood.” Chia seeds have ultimately earned their reputation as one of the healthiest grains on the planet, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, fibers, and a vast array of other micronutrients.

In 2016, Mamma Chia, the foremost authority on chia, effectively established March 23 as National Chia Day.

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Sprinkle chia throughout your day!

Use this day as an excuse to consume more chia seeds, and perhaps make them a regular part of your diet. Include them in oatmeal, casseroles, beverages, and desserts, as well as any other dish that complements their neutral flavor.

Show your affection for chia seeds.

Before consuming your chia-sprinkled dishes, whip out your phone and capture a photo of all the chia-sprinkled food you consume today to share on social media. Let the world know that your chia power is increasing!

Grow chia seeds and consume them raw

Why then? Once established, chia plants are simple to cultivate and maintain; therefore, on this day, sow the seed in the soil and consult Google for planting instructions. In the meantime, a disclaimer: their purple and white flowers are truly stunning!


The Aztecs were so impressed with chia seeds that, in addition to using them in religious ceremonies, they also used them as lawful tender to pay and be paid.

Chia seeds can be sprouted by enveloping whole chia grains in a towel and keeping them moist for one week.

Selenium, the main antioxidant required for cell metabolism, is rarely found in common foods but is abundant in chia seeds.

The gel-like consistency of chia seeds dipped in coconut oil and lemon juice is the ideal moisturizer for the epidermis.

Chia seeds are one of the rarest ingredients that can be used in a wide variety of foods and for a variety of purposes, including in snack bars, to create a thick sauce, in bread, and in smoothies.


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Arshiya Khan
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Arshiya Khan is a Commerce graduate who loves to write on general and trending topics.

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