Chia seeds give our products an amazing crunchy texture. But we also love this snappy little seed for its huge list of health benefits. The ancient Aztec warriors ate chia seeds for energy and endurance, and as little as a teaspoon was enough to fuel them for the day. Chia is distinctive because when exposed to liquid it will absorb 12 times its weight in water. The clear gel that forms on the outside of the seed is soluble fiber, which slows down digestion to keep you fuller, longer. This slows the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugars, adds bulk to improve elimination, aids in hydration, and helps lower cholesterol. The chia seed is also the richest vegetable source for heart healthy essential omega 3 fatty acids. Those Aztec’s were really onto something!