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What Is Chia Seed?

By Ana Mantica

The super chia seed reportedly packs more omega-3s than flaxseeds.


READER'S COMMENT:
"Hello Ana, the article says that if one has an intake of soya oil and canola oil than there is enough omega 3 in the diet. I am a little concerned about the fact that both those seeds are GMO whereas Chia is not. John...

The Bottom Line on Chia Seed

"The average American already gets a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids from the two major vegetable oils used in the U.S., soybean and canola oils,” says Alice Lichtenstein, D.Sc., director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University and an EatingWell Nutrition Advisory Board member. “There are no data to indicate supplemental vegetable sources of omega-3 fatty acids will provide additional health benefits.” That said, eating chia seeds (the kind sold as food!) won’t harm you. So if it’s nutty crunch you crave, try them. But don’t expect your hair to grow any faster.



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