Trending Today: Chia Seeds
I’ve been holding off on posting about chia seeds but I’ve gotten so many questions about them recently, that I have to address the topic! Chia seeds, popularly added to Kombucha and other trendy beverages, are being touted for their omega-3 content and fiber. Some claim that they can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure – but the verdict is still out on how much you’d need to eat. Here are some basics:
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds, which are the seed of a plant from the mint family and were a standard part of the central American diet (around the time of the Aztecs and Mayans).
What’s their nutritional content?
They’re a very rich source of Omega-3’s, fiber, and many minerals. When they sit in liquid for about 30 minutes, they start to gel. The gel has a variety of uses in cooking (but admittedly, I’ve never experimented with them).
How are people using chia seeds?
Chia seeds are easy to grow organically because the plant repels insects. Since they’re easy to grow in the southwest U.S. and similar climates, chia seeds are being added to animal feed, infant formulas, baby food, baked goods, nutrition bars (including granola and others), yogurts and drinks.
Should I start eating chia seed products?
Well, the research is still out about how much you would need to reap the benefits. However, there is no question that they’re a great source of certain nutrients so if you enjoy them, you should eat them! If you don’t enjoy them, there are plenty of other foods that are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. There seem to be no negative effects.
And, yes, with your extra chia seeds, you can grow a chia pet.