Chia seeds, aka salvia hispanica L, are from the mint family and were used by the Aztecs and Mayans. They became popular in the U.S. after their appearance in the book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. They are incredibly nutritious - even beating out flax seeds with 4.9 grams of omega 3 fatty acids per 1 ounce to flax seed's 1.8 grams of omega 3 fatty acids per ounce. While flax seeds have to be ground to digest them, you can eat chia seeds whole. They are high in fiber, have no taste and can be put on almost anything. ¡Perfecto!