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To the Aztec and Mayan peoples, the word ‘Chia’ meant strength—not surprisingly, this crop helped these civilizations survive. It is a sustainable crop with a high germination rate, which means its relatively easy to grow. These fortunate cultures figured this out and chia became an everyday kind of item.

What I adore about Chia seeds is that they are high in oil—35% of each seed is oil. Of this oil, a full 20% of it is of the  omega-3 variety. Which, as you may well be aware, is an essential fatty acid )(meaning the body can’t produce it on its own). Although omega-6 is also an essential fatty acid, it is not quite as special—this essential fatty acid is readily available in Western diets (in corn and soybean oil, for example) while omega-3 is not. As well, many of us have far too much omega-6 in our diets and unfortunately, omega-6 can contribute to inflammation throughout the body. Omega-3, however, actually  helps reduce inflammation. (more…)

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Aren’t oils just fat and don’t I want less fat in my diet, not more?

Won’t oil add extra calories and make my food greasy?

Can oil help me lose weight?

Ok, ok, I’ll start adding oil to my diet—but how?

Why would I add oil to my food unless absolutely necessary?

These questions are very common and natural! Many of us have been conditioned from an early age to avoid greasy foods and high-calorie ingredients—and in many cases this is absolutely correct and healthy information to follow. But oil is different. Oil is not an all-encompassing term equal to high fat, grease, or clogged arteries. Oil does not equal unhealthy—quite the opposite, in fact.
Oil can provide us with nutrients unique in character and absolutely essential to optimum health. Of course, as with anything one consumes, there are some guidelines to follow, some truths to learn, and some myths to disprove. Read on to discover the answers to the questions above and why I believe that every single person on this planet—young or old, male or female, healthy or unhealthy—should include oil as part of their daily diet! (more…)

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