The people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment. These mighty, gluten-free seeds, packed with omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants and fiber, are making a strong comeback in the 21st century. Enjoy Nutiva black chia seeds in yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods or smoothies. If you've only heard of chia seeds from those chia pets that are sold on late-night TV, you're in for a surprise when you learn that these small, crunchy, gluten-free seeds are a rich source of protein, beneficial antioxidants, essential omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. A traditional South American crop, chia seed (Latin name Salvia hispanica L.) has been used for thousands of years. In fact, archeological evidence indicates that humans have been using chia as early as 3500 BCE! Making a comeback in healthy diets, these super seeds are an excellent source of essential minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium, sodium and potassium.