Chia seeds are a highly nutritious “ancient grain” native to the Americas that were historically consumed by both the Aztecs and Mayans.
The health benefits of chia seeds have only recently been rediscovered. Chia seeds provide the highest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids known to exist. They also contain high levels of antioxidants, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Andean Grain produces its chia seed in the foothills of the Andes Mountains which provide the ideal conditions for chia production due to their fertile soils, optimal rainfall and high altitude, a factor very important in achieving maximum omega-3 and antioxidant content.
Partially Defatted Chia Flour is produced by first cold pressing the chia seed for its oil and then milling the remaining protein/fibre fraction. The result is a flour containing approximately 30% protein, 50% dietary fibre, and less than 10% fat.
Partially Defatted Flour forms a mucilaginous gel when soaked in water and has shown in studies to have very high water holding capacity. The flour has numerous useful application in the food industry as a thickening agent, emulsifying agent and stabilizer.
Incorporated into bread, Partially Defatted Chia Flour provides softer consistency and greater stability during fermentation as well as greater yield when compared to standard wheat flour.
Andean Grain Products cold presses chia oil in Europe utilizing our South American chia seed production. This ensures that the chia oil is the highest possible quality with the longest possible shelf life while retaining its impressive nutritional properties.
Chia oil contains approximately 63-65% Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), and approximately 20% Omega-6 fatty acids, together with high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients.
Chia oil also has a variety of applications, such as a nutritional addition to foods and beverages, consumed directly, processed into softgels for a food supplement and numerous applications in cosmetic and skin care products.