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Chia Seeds - a fad?

So today paid a visit to my favourite Organics Store in the Dubai Mall, as third Saturday of the week is 20% off on all products. I decided to look out for different foods, and when I spotted Chia seed bran thought this may be a good alternative for my usual ground flax seeds. I don't have cereal in my diet, and when I make an omelet, I usually add ground flax seeds, quite delicious, almost the consistency of a quiche. Chia seeds are claimed to be very high in fibre as well as high in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and B vitamins. Almost similar to flax seeds but higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates. It is also claimed to be high in calcium.

These are the nutrients in Chia seeds according to the UK Nutritional Science Research Institute:

What's in 100g of chia?

Protein: 20.7g
Fat: 32.8g
Carbohydrate: 41.8g
(of which fibre is 41.2g)
Calcium: 714mg
Iron: 16.4mg
Niacin (B3): 613mg
Thiamine (B1): 0.18mg
Riboflavin (B2): 0.04mg


One won't eat 100g of chia seeds of course in one sitting, more like 30gm or less. Still, will try this out this week and see whether I like it.

6 blog comments below

Good luck with those seeds, Dean.
standready on Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:21 am
All healthfoods are fads Razz
Chia is pretty popular these days, as these things tend to go, give it a few years, they'll move on to the next product. They're definitely a good additive to boost a meal, and, other than being kinda expensive, there's no real reason not to use them.
Ankhanu on Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:51 pm
That's so true Ankhanu. In addition, today's great health food can easily turn into tomorrow's poison. Like coffee for example. Just seen a Dr. Oz show saying coffee in moderation is good for longevity. So is chocolate, provided it is dark chocolate with 70% cacao content. I've also read somewhere that a glass of red wine the way it is taken in France is great for digestion. And so it continues.

I haven't tried the Chai seeds yet. Wonder whether it's going to sit there and grow stale. I haven't felt compelled yet to open the packet.
deanhills on Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:58 pm
everything in moderation is the key I think.
standready on Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:17 am
hm.. what's this "carbohydrate" Dean ? according to wiki it is just about anything organic CHO..
LxGoodies on Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:56 am
That's VERY true LxGoodies. I'd think the high fibre content would offset most of the carbohydrate content though. I'm just experimenting and still have to use it. I have a good idea however that it would be a one-off purchase for me as the nutrient profile of Chai seeds is very similar to flax seeds, and flax seeds are less than half the price and much easier to come by.
deanhills on Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:08 am

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