Chia seedsChia seeds are small black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant, native to South America. They are especially appreciated for their ability to deliver energy. In fact, "chia" is an ancient Mayan word meaning "strength". But despite their ancient history, only recently these seeds have been recognized as superfoods, generating great interest in consumers, especially because of their nutritional properties:
How we process chia seedsChia seeds are highly lipidic, therefore Cerealveneta uses a low temperature thermal treatment to stabilize the product. Many nutrient components such as vitamins, amino acids and omega 3 are thus bioavailable. Through a calibrated grinding of the product, is given the opportunity to the enzymatic digestive system to assimilate these components and their benefits.
Chia seeds treated with toast type 1 retain their natural feature of creating a gelatin in contact with water. This mucilage is beneficial to the body as it helps physiological activities.
In toasted chia seeds of type 3, through a targeted thermal process, this intrinsic feature of the product to create gel is deactivated. This quality is appreciated by the food industry, as this natural mucilage may contaminate or affect the flow of the product within production plants.
In either case, the products supplied (in seed or flour) maintain the integrity and properties of the nutrients of the chia.