By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-08-15 04:20:05 -0500
Started 2008-10-11 02:48:02 -0500

Yes, those goofy little chia pets really know what they are doing. All that energy in a seed, and we waste it like buying a pet rock. LOL

Chia really is a cool seed. I have done a bunch of reading up on it, so I wanted to give it a spin. No flavor eaten dry or soaked in water. Add it to foods, in your sauces or baked goods, or just add to your drink through out the day.

I have been using Chia seeds now for about 2 weeks and have found that in the begining I was eating too much of it…bad results in the "chia-poop" room. LOL

Now that I have it kind of figured out, it really seems to be a benefit to my feeling full during the day, getting a lot more fiber into my diet, and adding energy. I am going to eliminate my red wine for a few weeks and see if the chia helps me out there. (much cheaper to eat the chia seeds, though a glass or two a week might still creep in for my heart)

I know it was part of an article and review…I was wondering if any of you had been using it and what you were getting from it?

19 replies

GabbyPA 2011-03-25 05:42:58 -0500 Report

Just an update, since this discussion has resurfaced. I still use the chia seeds and toss them in salads, soak them to drink and mix them into some of my baking recipes to add more fiber and healthy omegas. They really have become a staple in my pantry and I try to always keep them on hand.

Toma 2008-10-20 05:02:48 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,

You gave me an idea with the spouting idea. All grains are at their peak of nutrient density when they are sprouting and they are also at their lowest glycemic index. When I was talking with Ron Donatelli, the head of product development at Silverhills bakery he gave me a new piece to the puzzle. (Silverhills makes breads from sprouted whole grains without flour.) When the grains are sprouting their glycemic index goes down. I am thinking since the chia seed is so good chia seed spouts should be a great thing to include in our diet. I am going to do some experimenting with the sprouted chia and will start a discussion on it when I have a bit more info.

Although their is little to no taste to chia seed it is a nutrition powerhouse. A unique quality of the Chia seed is its high oil content, and the richest vegetables source for the essential omega-3 fatty acid. It has approximately three to ten times the oil concentrations of most grains and one and a half to two times the protein concentrations of other grains. These oils, unsaturated fatty acids, are the essential oils your body needs to help emulsify and absorb the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, & K. Chia seeds are rich in the unsaturated fatty acid, linoleic, which the body cannot manufacture. When there are rich amounts of linoleic acid sufficiently supplied to the body trough diet, linoleic and arachidonic acids can be synthesized from linoleic acid.

Chia, as an ingredient, is a dieter’s dream food. There are limitless ways to incorporate the Chia seed into your diet. Chia must be prepared with pure water before using recipes. The seed will absorb 9 times it’s weight in water in less than 10 minutes and is very simple to prepare.

While I was looking for sprouted chia recipes I also came across another idea I really like. Chia seed puddings. I will try a few then do a discussion on that too.

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 06:31:40 -0500 Report

Hi Toma,
That sounds great. Yes, I do like using them and find that I am getting a great amount of fiber daily now. Keeps things moving. LOL

Ezekiel bread is made from sprouted grains isn't it? I don't like it, but I can't recall. My mom gets it sometimes, but it is really pricy.

Chia pudding, ah, like tapioca. Sounds good. Now if you can get the dairy and sugar out of it that will be perfect.

I am getting ready to order my next bottle of seeds. I think I am going to keep some in my stockpile of foods too, just know. Anyway, I figure they are so potenet, they can fill the need of many things if we get in a pinch.

Jh862 2008-10-19 06:21:58 -0500 Report

I've seen so many different ones out there - some are called sprouting, some listed as raw and others are flour (guess those are ground). I'm not sure of the difference and which are the best to try. I have had Chia Razz bars (Dr. Weil products) that had chia in them, but have never tried them by themselves.

GabbyPA 2008-10-19 11:52:02 -0500 Report

I use dried chia seeds. Then I can add them to my food or soak them to drink in my daily water, tea or whatever I am gulping that day. They really have no flavor, so they are so easy to add. They just look weird floating in your glass.

Toma 2008-10-11 06:03:49 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,

I have been using chia seed since hearing about it from Dr. Alexandra Jenkins at the Glycemic Laboratory in Toronto. I originally heard about it as Salba which is a proprietary brand that claims to have the highest concentration of the good nutrients. Generically there is white and black Chia seed. The differences are negligible and the black chia is cheaper. I have found it on-line for about $6.00 a pound.

It is hard for me to tell a difference since I am already getting good labs. We have noticed a difference with my wife with her cholesterol and blood pressure. I think the best way to use it is to put 2 table spoons in a small glass jar, fill the jar with water and hydrate then add to any meal. We use about 2 table spoons of the hydrated chia a day. If using the dry seeds, be sure to include at least one 8 oz glass of water per teaspoon of chia seed. The same applies for psyllium husks. Chia seed has more nutrients than psyllium husks but the psyllium husks are good for increasing fiber naturally. As you mention, it may be best to start slowly. Most of us do not get nearly enough fiber and when we first start we are surprised when our digestion system starts working right and eliminates the toxins as it is supposed to. These two foods are also good for restoring digestive health if combined with a good pro biotic yogurt to get the desirable bacteria back into our digestive track.

GabbyPA 2008-10-11 10:30:32 -0500 Report

Where do you buy yours? I got mine from, but Ryan has a different source for them. I was thinking to see if they sell them in bulk.

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Debe Pendice 2008-10-11 02:57:44 -0500 Report

Gabby, I am so interested in this. I go to the transplant clinic on Oct 29th. I have a list of question for them. On the list is: Chia seeds, acai berry, flax etc. I want to know if I can take them. I want to go healthy and not meds. i know I'll never get off my transplant meds, but maybe, just maybe I could start using some of this stuff. I will get back to you on this . If I am allowed I want you to help me with this. Thanks…Debe

GabbyPA 2008-10-11 03:02:07 -0500 Report

Sure, we can learn together. I hope you can do some too. It has to be hard to be so restricted. These are pretty begnine, and should help "scrub" up some of your insides. I hope they are willing to allow you to try them.

patch12 2011-03-25 00:30:04 -0500 Report

Where in the world do you find Chia seeds?

GabbyPA 2011-03-25 05:40:45 -0500 Report

My favorite and most cost effective place to purchase Chia seeds is from you can also find Quinoia there and many other great bulk foods that your health food store would carry for less. I really like the site. Another member here introduced me to it, and I have used them many, many times. Be careful though, the do have many tempting, not so good things there too.

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