Oatmeal Porridge with Honey & Chia Seed
2nd Edition of Oatmeal porridge is now available! New chapter with free toppings of Honey & Chia Seed! (1st Edition was introduced since March 2015 - Oatmeal Porridge with free toppings of Honey & Granola)
Eat it, not read it! Both editions available for breakfast from 8:30am to 11:00am (Mon - Fri) unless sold out earlier!
While historical records may classify Chia seed as an ancient grain and as an important food crop, Chia seed as a form of energy food for endurance runners was probably first mentioned in the book "Born to Run" written in 2009 by the American author and journalist Christopher McDougall.
At the same time in 2009, the European Union approved Chia seeds as a novel food, allowing it in bread products. However, demand for Chia seeds increased exponentially in 2013 when the EU legislation expanded the approval to include baked products, breakfast cereals, fruits/nuts/seeds mixes and pre-packaged chia.
Modern diets relied heavily on processed foods which are high in omega-6 and low in omega-3. This imbalance may contribute to various health conditions. Chia seeds contained about three times as much omega-3 as omega-6 which may provide a better balance for optimum health. The soluble fiber in Chia forms a gel-like lining in the stomach when eaten, creating a barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, slowing the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar. Chia is also a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids which the human bodies cannot produce.
Oats shot to fame in 1997 when US FDA for the first time in history, allowed a health claim for a specific food such as oats, claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low fat diet.