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A Georgia-based food company reintroduces an ancient, natural fiber, derived from the Aztec Empire of Central America, as a nutritional foundation and recipe ingredient for foods appealing to today’s palate. Chaveka™ (cha-VE-ka), debuts to provide extraordinary energy and power of renaissance renown to provide essential nutrients, fatty acids and soluble and insoluble dietary fiber rich in vitamins, minerals and vegetable protein.

Chaveka™ is a super food, Glutenfree, and high in Omega-3, protein, fiber, antioxidants, B-vitamins, calcium and boron.

Dieticians laud the absorption qualities – up to 20-30 times its weight in water – as a fiber supplement to diets. As Chaveka™ seeds mix with water or stomach juices, a gel forms to create a physical barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down. The ‘carbs’ are digested eventually, but at a slow and uniform rate. As a result, one experiences fewer energy drops or cravings for refined foods.

Other health benefits is that Chaveka™ fiber helps control blood sugar, fights cholesterol, strengthened bones and deters digestive disorders. Gold Creek Foods, LLC, based near Atlanta, suggests Chaveka™ in everyday diets rather than as a supplement. It can be added to salads, soups, and vegetables with virtually no flavor! A USDA-approved food product, in gel form it may be added to jams, jellies, peanut butter, milkshakes, nut spreads, cereals, yogurts, mustard, catsup or other condiment sauces.

Gold Creek Foods is partnering with a leading particle science laboratory and has applied for a patent on a micronization process to produce a powder fine product from the ancient-tested seeds. The product has several times the bio-availability of standard seed and has been available through Gold Creek since the fall of 2009.

Chaveka™ is commercially grown in its native Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Guatemala. Gold Creek Foods offers it in bulk seed, flour and as a food ingredient blend.

Its renaissance in the 21st century is amazing; the clinically proven benefits await a consuming public eager for extraordinary energy and power, for restoring vigor and prolonging and enriching healthy lifestyles.

For additional information, contact lynn.barber@goldcreekfoods.com.

“Chaveka™ The ancient food source of the Aztecs Gods ”

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The name Cuazahvakochiti comes from the ancient language Nahuatl (the language spoken by the Aztec empire since the 7th century.) Today, we would loosely translate this into an English word pronounced Chaveka™. The Aztec culture would offer these powerful seeds to the royalty as a type of “tax offering.” In battle, the seeds were given to elite warriors to sustain them on the long and arduous expeditions.

Chaveka™ seeds have been used in the diets of humans for hundreds of years (Genus: Salvia Species: S. Hispanica L.) The remarkably advanced Aztec nation cultivated these seeds as one of their nutritional foundations. They referred to these seeds as “Running Food” because it provided extraordinary energy and power. Nowadays, Chaveka™ is undergoing something of a renaissance after centuries of neglect. It was a major crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. and was still cultivated well into the 16th century, A.D., but after the Spanish conquest; authorities banned it because of its close association with Aztec religion.

We also know that Chaveka™ seeds have been a staple food source for the Native American people for centuries during hunting trips. The Native Americans of the Southwest were mixing seeds with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Today this super-food is recognized as a food with many clinically proven health benefits. Chaveka™ provides essential nutrients, including essential fatty acids (omega-3) and an abundance of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. In addition, it is an exceptionally rich source of vitamins, minerals and high quality vegetable protein.

“Chaveka™ was as big an icon to the Aztecs, as Ginseng was to the Asian Empire.” As you will read below, you too will understand the nutritional secrets for restoring vigor and prolonging life.


For starters, Chaveka™ really is a “super food.” Besides the fact that is Gluten free, the nutritional facts speak for themselves. Here are just a few reasons:

  • High in Omega-3
  • High in Protein
  • High in Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • B -Vitamins
  • Calcium
  • Boron
  • Absorbs up to 20-30 times its weight in water. Which’s aids the following conditions
    • Diabetes
    • Heart Disease
    • B one Health
    • Weight Loss
    • Digestive Disorders

It may almost sound too good to be true. But after the Chaveka™ “enlightenment” you too will make Chaveka™ a part of your daily routine.


The seeds and oils naturally contain more than 60% Omega-3 fatty acid. This is higher than any other plant that is available on the market today. Chaveka™ seeds do not have to be ground up prior to consumption like many other seeds high in good fats, which adds a convenience


Chaveka™ can absorb up to 20-30 times its weight in water. This also works with other liquids like juices. This ability can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion or exercise. A 15 gram serving of Chaveka™ seeds can provide you with 4-5 grams of fiber.


It is estimated that between 19–23 percent of the seed by weight is protein. This is higher than most other seeds and grains. Combining the good fats with an excellent source of protein make this a dieter’s dream.


Chaveka™ contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E but also has something named Cinnamic acids. It is believed that these three (especially the cinnamic acid) help preserve the seeds and more importantly, protect the good fats from oxidizing (becoming rancid). This is what makes Chaveka™ seeds a stable product for years.


This one will make you stop in your tracks: Just two ounces of Chaveka™ seeds contain 600 mg of Calcium, compared with 120 mg for milk. Most N.D. or nutritionist recommendation to find your vitamins and minerals in “food form” make Chaveka™ a top suggestion for those seeking more calcium in their diet without resorting to tablets or capsules. On top of that, Chaveka™ also contains Boron – a critical mineral for bones – so it’s ideal for those concerned with Osteoporosis and overall bone health.


Ask any good dietician what to do for weight loss and one thing they will say is increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Fiber before a meal can help curb your appetite by giving you the sense of being full. Since Chaveka™ can absorb up to 30 times its weight in water, it certainly can make you feel full. Protein can be beneficial in any weight loss program by providing a great energy source and helping assure you keep your muscle mass while burning fat. If you starve yourself, the body will use your own muscle as energy and you will not only lose fat but also muscle. Muscle is where your metabolism occurs so losing muscle may lead to decreased metabolism over time. The gel that Chaveka™ forms can also slow digestion and help balance blood sugar levels. When Chaveka™ seeds are mixed with water or stomach juices, a gel forms that creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down. The carbohydrates are digested eventually, but at a slow and uniform rate. There is no insulin surge or spike needed to lower the blood sugar level after eating Chaveka™. By achieving this, you will have fewer energy drops and cravings for refined foods. The balancing of blood sugar levels is also critical for those with both hyper (high) and hypo (low) blood sugar.


With regards to heart disease Chaveka™ can provide added dietary support. We know that a diet high in fiber is recommended for those with high cholesterol and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Also, Omega-3s (usually from fish oil) are recommended for heart health. The Omega-3 found in Chaveka™ (ALA) can be converted into EPA (the heart healthy component of fish oil). Adding a few servings of Chaveka™ to your every day diet would be a huge step in the right direction for all of us concerned with cardiovascular disease.


As mentioned above, Chaveka™ is high in Calcium and other minerals known to be helpful for bone health. Getting your minerals (and vitamins) from a food source (Chaveka™ in this case) is the best way to do it. You get better digestion, absorption and retention when they come from food vs. synthetic. A recent newsletter of mine spoke of a study showing that women who consumed more calcium in their everyday diet had better bone health than those who took most of their calcium from supplements. The women who got calcium from their diet required less calcium too.


With colon cancer on the rise, most everyone knows that fiber is critical for healthy digestion. It’s recommended to consume 35+ grams of fiber per day and if it doesn’t come from your food you must supplement. Now, with Chaveka™, 1 tablespoon serving can give you about 1/5 of your daily needs (7.4 grams). One tablespoon of Chaveka™ isn’t very much, so you need at least 2 to 4 per day as part of your every day diet.


Chaveka™ is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: Chaveka™ is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. Unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chaveka™ seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.


Chaveka™ should be considered part of your everyday diet and not a supplement. You can add Chaveka™ to just about everything. Just as we add things to our salads, soups, veggies, etc., you can do the same with Chaveka™. Guess what? It has virtually no flavor this is a huge point because often we end up with something that imparts a new flavor or texture to our food, making it a challenge to consume. This will not happen with Chaveka™. You can add the seeds directly to your foods (dry) or as a gel. Chaveka™ can even be eaten directly from the container. Remember to drink an ample amount of water, as you would when consuming any fiber.

Since Chaveka™ seed is an USDA approved food product, you can do this as often as you prefer just as you can eat more than one apple or other fruit per day. You can also use it to make a versatile gel, which can be added to jams, jellies, peanut butter, milkshakes, nut spreads, smoothies, hot or cold cereals, yogurts, mustard, catsup, tartar sauce, barbecue sauces, etc. It makes a great fat substitute, promoting energy and endurance.


Put nine parts water in a sealable plastic container. Slowly pour one part seed into the water, then mix with a wire whisk or fork. This process will avoid any clumping of the seed. Wait a few minutes and stir again to break up any clumps, let stand ten minutes, and stir again. Store up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Add the gel, between 50 to 70 percent by volume, to any of the above mentioned foods, mix well, and taste.


Because of its nutritional value and stability, Chaveka™ is already being added to a range of foods. Research has shown that adding it to chicken feed makes for eggs rich in omega-3s. Feeding Chaveka™ chickens enriches their meat with omega-3s; fed to cattle Chaveka™ enriches milk with omega-3s. Chaveka™ can also be added to commercially prepared infant formulas, baby foods, baked goods, nutrition bars, yogurt, and other foods. Another bonus: insects don’t like the Chaveka™ plant so it is easier to find organically grown varieties. AFS is spending thousands of dollars to expand the technology of Chaveka™. AFS expects to expand their healthy products to small particle technology and a water soluble powder never before imagined dreamed of by the multi-billion dollar food service industry. For more scientific data and patent pending technology contact AFS.


Today, Gold Creek Foods LLC (GCF) grows Chaveka™ commercially in its native Mexico, and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Guatemala. GCF has it available for purchase in bulk seed, flour and as a food ingredient blend at lynne.barber@goldcreekfoods.com.

Other Chaveka™ Products

Gold Creek Foods, LLC has developed in it’s laboratories a basic building block for plant based omega three and other highly nutritional deliverables. The three primary formulations giving rise to FDA compliant claims are as follows:

  • An excellent source of Omega Three.
  • The heart healthy claim based on FDA guidelines which states the products may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol.
  • An excellent source/high source of fiber.

While Chaveka™ also offers a high quality source of protein and calcium, the above three claims are the focus of products formulated by Gold Creek Foods.

The standard Chaveka™ based formulas are as follows:

  • Simple Chaveka-a water dispersible, very small micron particle flour, which delivers the Omega Three claims.
  • Chaveka Plus-provides all the benefits of Chaveka, but also contains phyto sterols which provide Heart Healthy claim.
  • Chaveka White-provides the full Omega Three claim and provides a product base which is white for color sensitive applications.
  • Chaveka White Plus-provides all the benefits of Chaveka White and contains phyto sterols providing the Heart Healthy claim.
  • Chaveka Balance-provides the combination of plant based Omega Three ingredients to provide the Omega Three claim at a somewhat reduced price.
  • Chaveka Balance Plus-allows for the Chaveka Balance claim and adds phyto sterols allowing for the Heart Healthy claim.
  • Chaveka Golden-utilizes plant based Omega Three grains to provide a more golden looking Omega Three claim.
  • Chaveka Golden Plus-provides the Chaveka Golden claims and includes phyto sterols providing the Heart Healthy claim.
  • Chaveka High Fiber-provides the Chaveka Omega Three claim and the quote “High in Fiber” claim.
  • Chaveka High Fiber Plus-provides all the Chaveka high fiber claims and includes phyto sterols providing the Heart Healthy claim.

The ultimate uniqueness of the basic Chaveka™ building block provides for the ability to customize unique products required by manufacturers to meet their exact needs without any sacrifice in the water disbursability allowing for the ultimate flexibility in any product containing water. Because of the unusually small particle size, the entire Chaveka™ line offers an extremely high bio-availability.

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