For centuries chia seeds were used as a staple food alongside corn and beans by the ancient Aztecs, Incans and Mayans. Known as the running food, they would eat this high energy endurance food mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Chia seed has the unique ability to absorb up to 12 times its weight in water. This ability to hold water can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during periods of extreme physical exertion. Loaded wit an abundance of nutrients such as calcium, protein, anti-oxidants and dietary fiber, chia protein also contains all of the essential Amino Acids to provide a nutritional punch!