AHD International Launches Chia Seed Flour Offering For Use in Finished Baked Goods

Producers of finished baked goods looking for a gluten-free, omega-3-rich alternative to white flour can now look to AHD International's Chia Flour, the latest offering from the distributor of new-to-market nutraceutical and functional food ingredients. Chia Flour can be used in place of white flour in any baked goods including a variety of breads and baked snacks, cakes, cookies and brownies. A rich source of nutrients, Chia Flour's high omega-3 and fiber content can help to maintain healthy blood glucose markers and promote healthy cholesterol levels. This newest offering joins AHD's recently introduced Chia products including Chia seeds, meal, oil and powder.

"Chia flour allows baked goods manufacturers to expand offerings targeted toward consumers suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac disease, as well as those looking for an enhanced nutritional profile in their favorite comfort foods and baked desserts," said John Alkire, AHD International president. "Because of our exclusive distribution partnership with Australia-based The Chia Company, AHD is able to ensure the safest sourcing and highest quality control measures through every step of the supply chain. Given its application versatility, we look forward to observing the novel uses of Chia Flour over the next year and beyond."

Chia seeds are a gluten-free, vegetarian wholefood naturally rich in omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants, calcium, protein, amino acids, as well as a comprehensive range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Unlike grains such as flaxseed, they are highly stable due to their antioxidant content, offering manufacturers an ingredient that not only delivers superior nutritional properties, but also won't compromise the shelf life of finished goods. Anecdotal evidence suggests Aztecs could store chia flour for extended periods because, unlike other grains and seeds, it always remained fresh. A product of the Chia mint plant otherwise known as Salvia hispanica, Chia seeds are an ancient American grain used for centuries in food, beverages and medicines.

About AHD International:
AHD International is a major supplier of the highest quality new-to- market nutraceutical ingredients and functional food products to manufacturers, wholesalers and food companies worldwide. AHD's triple- check system ensures that products are evaluated for natural purity, consistency and exceptional quality. For more information on AHD’s wholesale nutraceutical and functional food ingredients call
404-233-4022 or visit www.ahdintl.com.

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