Chia seeds?

United States
September 30, 2010 5:00am CST
My neighbor was telling me she was making a shake with Chia seeds in the morning. I'm like Chia seeds? WTH is that? (outside of the novelty Chia pet). I guess it supposed to have more benefits than flax ground up. Though I like flax for the fiber and omega 3's. Chia is supposed to also have antioxidants help with inflamation ect. But I was hoping some fellow mylotters have tried this and have any advice on what you find the best way to consume them. Or in my case hide them in every day foods for my family to enjoy these benefits w/o being too aware. And is it better to eat them whole or ground up?
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• United States
30 Sep 10
I have never tried this and outside of my novelty chia's in the past somehow can't get past the thought of ever consuming. However, the way of today "GO GREEN" "BE HEALTHY". I suppose with proper research and education of the actual seed, who knows may be very healthy. I would definitely look into it's benefits as all other new introduced products we have to be aware and watch for any allergic reactions. But I am with you though how do feed our families without actually telling them, as I am one if you tell before hand I may not be prompted into trying it.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
3 Oct 10
I can't say that I'm in a different boat than you are in with the Chia seeds because the only thing Chia that I've ever heard of is Chia Pets. That said, if there is a possibility that it is good for you, I would probably do some research on it. If you find that it is something that is good for you, then I would think that there would probably be ways that you could sneak them in to the members of your family to consume as well.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Oct 10
Good for you or not, Im sorry, but there's no way I could eat those seeds! I'd think of nothing but that sheep and mans head where the chia seeds grow out and think "that's what I am eating? YUK!"
@savypat (20246)
• United States
30 Sep 10
I eat them every morning in my oatmeal along with raisens, sunflower seed and almond milk
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
30 Sep 10
You can eat that stuff? My Chia pets never grow. Maybe someone is eating them?
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
30 Sep 10
I am with you...never heard of Chia seeds...except for the Chia pet. I did try to do a wee bit of research on Chia seeds and I did find this... If you try missing a spoonful of Chia in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 30 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia. Research believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. http://www.living-foods.com/articles/chia.html Judging from above, it might be worth do a little bit for research. Where it sounds good, I would be afraid if you have stomach problems this could make it worse, if it forms into a gel, makes you wonder if it digests okay. I am going to answer my doctor about it, as I am diabetic, it probably would be good for me.