Like flax seeds, chia seed is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as the omega-6 fatty acid LA, protein and fiber. It also contains several essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, copper, niacin and zine. Because of this, chia seeds, are fast becoming a favorite health food. It’s a member of the mint family and was a significant component of the Aztec and Mayan diets. The seed has a nutlike flavor and is often used simply sprinkled over cereal, yogurt or salads or eaten by itself as a snack. It can also be ground and mixed with flour and used in baked goods. What was once popular in Mexica and Central America is the chia fresca, made by mixing a couple of teaspoon of chia seeds for 8 to 10 ounces of water or fruit juice. Chia seed is naturally gel-like so the mixture will become thickened after a bit of time in your glass. Chia seed, unlike flax seed, does not have a high fat content and can be stored for longer periods without going rancid. Due to the popularity of this seed, you can now find in mostly all the grocery stores and definitely in health food stores like Trader Joes.