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Do chia seeds deserve the health hype?

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, August 10, 2012 - 9:12am

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Kerri-Ann asks: Have you tried chia seeds?


Though chia seeds may be considered healthy, there are apprehensions that these seeds may have some side effects such as gastrointestinal disturbances, allergy reaction in some, disturbance in diastolic blood pressure, causing prostrate cancer, etc. Some are based on some studies only, not widely established.


08/12/2012 - 4:26am



08/12/2012 - 3:42pm

I have tried Chia seeds and like them! I add them to my morning smoothie usually, but have also used them as a sesame seed substitute when making sushi rolls, sprinkled some in a salad or cereal. I have also heard them called a "complete protein" several times - in other words, they have all 9 of the essential amino acids needed for a healthy diet. Other non-meat complete proteins include: spirulina, quinoa, soy beans, amaranth, hemp hearts and buck wheat. I have added all of these to my diet. For example, I now have amaranth and buck wheat porridge with a sprinkle of chia in the morning, rather than oatmeal. I hope that society starts to realize that we can get the nutrition we need from things other than meat. Thanks for the article :)


08/13/2012 - 11:20am

I use chia seeds in my smoothies and sometimes I've just mixed them in water and drank them down. I do feel like they help me keep my weight under control.


08/13/2012 - 11:46am

I have chia seeds everyday. 3 tablespoons in my morning coffee.......if I don't, my system doesn't work. I've had 6 different surgeries....all on my abdomen. I have dead nerves. Chia helps me stay healthy. No more backups.

I also bake with them, I make my own blend of seasonings, it includes ground chia, ground flax, ground amaranth, and ground cardamom along with salt peppers and other tasty ingredients.



08/13/2012 - 11:58am

I use them every day in my breakfast smoothie and have for over 2 years. I used to suffer from stomach issues but the addition of the chia seeds to my diet has keep them to a bare minimum.


08/13/2012 - 11:58am

I love Chia seeds! My son is a very picky eater. I am able to mix them a strawberry smoothie and he passes them off as strawberry seeds. A great way to sneak them in.


08/13/2012 - 12:18pm

I HAVE tried them and love them! I add them to oatmeal for the extra nutritional value. They swell when they cook in the oatmeal and are barely noticeable. They have a delicate, mild flavor, but pack quite a punch when it comes to nutrition. You can buy them quite cheaply in bulk at some organic health food stores.


08/13/2012 - 3:30pm

I have used chia seeds often, in smoothies, as a pudding, and as a egg replacement in baked goods. I find they are easy on my digestive system and enjoy the nutty flavor.


08/30/2012 - 11:42am

Yes I made strawberry jam with them.


08/30/2012 - 12:57pm

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