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May 2010 Issue

Chia Seeds Make a Comeback, but This Time as a Food Ingredient

Chia is, indeed, making a comeback. Commonly known as the quirky sprout of Chia Pet fame, chia (specifically, the seed) is reclaiming its centuries-old status as a healthful food. Native to Central and South America and the southwestern U.S., this edible seed comes from the desert plant, salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family. Its rich history dates back 3,000 years when it became known as the "running food" by the Aztecs and Mayans, who hailed its many uses as food, medicine and religious offering.

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