Flour from chia seeds certified gluten-free
October 09, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
ORLANDO, FLA. — Nuchia Foods Corp. announced its Chia Seed Flour, an alternative to processed wheat flour, is certified gluten-free and an option for people with Celiac disease.
"Nuchia Foods’ alternative flour can replace wheat flour one-to-one in most recipes," said Homer Hartage, president and chief executive officer. "It brings good taste back for those with Celiac, but the whole family can enjoy this. Our flour is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, calcium and fiber."
Each serving of the flour has antioxidants, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, 9.4 grams of fiber and naturally occurring minerals. Chia seeds were a staple of the diet of ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, but the seed is today better known for being the hair that grows on a popular line of pet figurines.
"Who knew the seeds used to grow ‘hair’ on those funny Chia pets is actually super-nutritious?" said Jan Matsuno, director of commercialization at the Center for Culinary Development, a business involved in brand building and based in San Francisco. "Nuchia Foods Corporation has developed a process to produce Chia Seed Flour, which performs similarly to bleached wheat flour but provide a full day’s supply of omega-3 fatty acids, 9.4 grams of fiber and a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants — all gluten-free."