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Chia Seeds

Hi CT,

I’m reading through “Born To Run” that Eric Cressey mentioned in his “What I Learned in 2009” article. It talks about chia seeds that the running tribe that features in the book use as nourishment and, according to the book, is like a superfood (packed with protein, nutrients, etc.) that is excellent at building muscle, lowering cholesterol and so on. This is the first time I’ve heard about it–what’s your take on it?

Thanks,

Mike

There’s got to be a ton of threads about it on this site. It’s maybe slightly better than flax, but pretty similar. I wouldn’t make it a main source of calories, although it’s definitely a healthy addition/substitute for less healthy foods, or to boost fiber, and or to slow the digestion of something. I haven’t had them myself, but plan to order some. They’re about 3X more expensive than flax, so it’s a matter of whether it’s worth it. I found a “cheap” source for chia flour though which may be worth a shot. http://www.nuchiafoods.com/store/

[quote]BulletproofTiger wrote:
There’s got to be a ton of threads about it on this site. /store/[/quote]

I’ve never seen it mentioned on here, but planned on picking some up soon. 3x as expensive? I’ll just buy a chia pet and save money then :smiley:

stuff looks legit to me

Perfect Chia

powder version

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 2 Table Spoons
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 58
Total Fat 3.2g
Saturated Fat 0.3g
Trans Fat 0
Omega 6 Polyunsaturated 0.6g
Omega 3 Polyunsaturated 2.0g
Monounsaturated 0.3g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 2.5mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.5g
Dietary Fiber 5.6g
Soluble Fiber 1.8g
Insoluble Fiber 3.75g
Sugar 0g
Protein 4g

@ JF, The nutritional profile is great! Chia is the highest plant source of omega 3s (ALA) if that sort of thing matters to you (higher than flax). I might get some and add it to my quinoa!