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Nuchia Foods Corporation Takes Chia Seeds From Novelty to Main Street With Alternative Flour That May Also Fight Disease

July 14, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla., July 14 /PRNewswire/ — Is it possible that one of nature’s most potent superfoods, available since ancient times, has gone mostly unnoticed by the modern world? The answer, surprisingly, seems to be yes.

Though it was a staple of the Aztec and Mayan diets, the small desert grain called chia is now better known as the “hair” of a popular line of terra cotta pet figurines. But it turns out chia is actually packed with vital nutrients — and, thanks to Nuchia Foods Corporation (http://www.nuchiafoods.com/), chia seed flour is now available to health- and taste-conscious consumers.

Though other products are labeled as chia seed flour, they are actually ground-up chia seeds. Only Nuchia Foods offers actual chia seed flour, created through a patented process producing a product with the consistency of bleached wheat flour.

“Chia is a satisfying alternative to highly processed wheat flour,” stated Homer Hartage, president of Nuchia Foods Corporation. “Our chia seed flour is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and high in protein, calcium and fiber. What’s more, it actually tastes good.”

Nuchia Foods Corporation’s chia seed flour gives baked goods all the taste and texture conventionally associated only with bleached wheat flour. No special procedures are necessary to cook and bake with chia seed flour; it can be used just like wheat flour in most recipes. But unlike foods baked with wheat flour, items baked with chia seed flour, such as cookies and cakes, are gluten-free. Moreover, each serving of chia seed flour delivers a powerful dose of antioxidants and vitamins, along with a full day’s supply of omega-3 fatty acids, 9.4 grams of fiber and a wide variety of naturally occurring minerals like biotin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.

“Emerging research shows that eating bread containing omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds can lower blood glucose levels in diabetic patients,” Hartage explained. “Omega-3 is clinically proven to lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, while increasing HDL, or good cholesterol. Omega-3 also stabilizes heart arrhythmia and acts as a natural blood thinner, reducing the ‘stickiness’ of blood cells and lowering blood pressure, which reduces hypertension.”

Containing a full 10% more omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed, chia seeds are a better source of omega-3 than any other food grown on the planet. That high omega-3 content means Nuchia Foods Corporation’s chia seed flour can promote healthy weight loss and offer relief to those suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis.

“Chia seed flour consistently exceeds consumer expectations,” said Hartage. “Nuchia Foods Corporation’s flour is the essence of what a superfood should be. The health benefits are extensive, and in the evaluation of this product, chia has made believers out of ardent skeptics.”

Chia flour is currently available in Florida-based health food stores and directly through Nuchia Foods Corporation; the company’s future plans include a line of foods made from chia flour. To learn more about chia flour, become a distributor or purchase online, visit http://www.nuchiafoods.com/.

   Contact:   Homer Hartage   Nuchia Foods Corporation   407-857-2320 ext. 101   hhartage@nuchiafoods.com   http://www.nuchiafoods.com/    

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Nuchia Foods Corporation

CONTACT: Homer Hartage of Nuchia Foods Corporation,+1-407-857-2320 ext. 101, hhartage@nuchiafoods.com

Web site: http://www.nuchiafoods.com/