Our Vegan Protein Shakes are super powered by select additional ingredients. In this series of blogs we will go through why we hand selected each addition to boost our shakes! To begin, our super seed mix!
Our shakes contain at least 11% milled Chia and Flax Seeds.
The milling of the seeds increases the ease in which our bodies can access and absorb the nutrients within them.
Chia is a super seed. These tiny black seeds grow natively in South America. They were eaten by ancient Aztec and Mayan civilisations. Chia is the Mayan word for ‘Strength’. These seeds are packed with micronutrients, very high in fibre and low in calories.
Flax seeds, also know as linseeds, are grown from the Flax plant, which was first cultivated in Babylon in 3000BC. Hippocrates even documented using flax to relieve his abdominal pain! Flax seeds are the richest source of plant based Omega 3 fatty acids, and also a good source of fibre.
What are the benefits of these seeds?
ALPHA LINOLEIC ACID (ALA)
Due to the addition of this seed mix, our shakes are high in heart healthy, anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids. ALA is an essential fatty acid, meaning our bodies cannot produce it, so we must consume it in our diet. Plant based ALA is a sustainable source.
One serving of our shakes provide a whopping 1.4g of ALA.
The Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine established adequate intake levels for omega-3 fatty acids which are 1.1g for women and 1.6g for men.
Chia seeds are 40% fibre, Flax are 28% fibre. Our seed mix contributes to fibre content of our shakes. Fibre is really important to maintain a healthy gut, and gut flora which has an important role in our general health and wellbeing.
Chia is around 14% plant protein, and Flax 20% plant protein so a helpful source for those following vegan or plant based diets.
These seeds also contain a broad micronutrient profile alongside other bioactive compounds. Chia is a good plant based source of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. While flax contains excellent quantities of plant lignans. These are bioactive compounds called phytochemicals, whose role in human nutrition, particularly cancer prevention, is being studied actively.