The seeds of the chia plant (Salvia Helvetica) are rich in dietary fibre and are therefore considered very filling. Chia seeds swell up a lot when placed in liquids because they can absorb 25 times their weight in water. This increases the weight up to 10 times and therefore the volume of a meal. However, the amount of calories remains constant, and the satiated feeling lasts longer. Chia seeds are good for low-calorie diets. Chia seeds have been approved in the EU since 2013. At that time, they were a novel foodstuff. Originally from Mexico, the chia plant is cultivated in many Latin American countries and was a basic foodstuff and remedy of the ancient Maya people. Chia seeds outperform many other tried and tested foodstuffs in terms of the amount of antioxidants, calcium, potassium, iron, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids they contain. "Chia" is a Mayan expression and aptly means "strength".