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#1 Old 07-24-2010, 02:35 AM
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i know some seeds aren't good if you eat too many of'm. and i LOVE chia seeds. I've started putting them on literally everything. Two main meals outta 3 today?!

Is that bad..?

I tried googling but sorting fact from fiction is tricky!
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#2 Old 07-24-2010, 03:41 AM
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I don't know if they have any risks associated, but I love them as well. I put them in hot cereals and smoothies and I keep seeing these delicious looking recipes for chia pudding. Since you're a big fan, is there a place you buy yours to get the best bargain? They seem pretty pricy to me, so the bag I just recently finished I only bought because the natural food store had it on sale 2 for 1.
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I don't think they will cause any issues, but the one thing I would say is that sprinkling them on food isn't going to necessarily give you all the benefits. Chia seeds are hard for the body to digest and if they haven't been soaked first they will many times come out whole when you go #2. I put a tablespoon in a shot glass, fill the rest with orange juice, let them soak for about a half hour, stir, then take the shot lol. I do this once at night, once in the morning.
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Gingerfoxx I live in Australia so maybe it's different.. but I buy them at the regular supermarket and they cost about the same as almonds ( and a bag lasts me a LONG time



Lotus I never thought of that! So does that mean sprinkling them raw (which I looove) does nothing health-wise? What a shame
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No! I eat them daily. They're so good for you and I have not heard anything of them being bad in high amounts. I eat the equivalent of around 4 tablespoons or so a day. Sometimes I'll sprinkle a little on foods like toast with jelly, or if I'm making a pizza I will sometimes sprinkle a little on the sauce just for added nutrition. I always put a scoopfull in my green smoothies and my oatmeal. A scoopfull of the brand I buy is around 2 tbsp.

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doktor, that sounds like what i do! yay! yum.

it's odd though, that they're so good and have no downside and yet nobody really uses them? (not here, anyway.)
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I have them in my porridge every day
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#8 Old 07-28-2010, 08:35 AM
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Chia seeds are safe and fine, great little seeds they are rich in omega 3, protein, calcium, antioxidents and more.
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#9 Old 08-29-2010, 09:31 PM
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I was just reading an article that said how good raw chia seeds are for you, and then I saw this. LOL! Here's the article if anyone is interested. Pretty neat, IMO. I'm going to have to start incorporating some chia seeds into my diet.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy...8?click=square
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Me too!
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mondayschild, so do i ! Yay!
and yes, begonia, you should! they're brilliant
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The only downside I could see is that because of all their fiber you might poop a lot.

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They're fine and healthy, but 50% of their calories come from fat, and they're dried, so I'd make sure you eat also raw, fresh fruits and vegetables (which have plenty of good fats as well) and minimal processed foods like soy, grains, and oils.
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They're fine and healthy, but 50% of their calories come from fat, and they're dried, so I'd make sure you eat also raw, fresh fruits and vegetables (which have plenty of good fats as well) and minimal processed foods like soy, grains, and oils.

I know you wouldn't do this but I sometimes make a "pudding" with them. I take a bowl of water, add in some chopped fruits (I love to do oranges) and maybe some xylitol in the water if I want it sweeter, then I add chia and let it soak up the water so it's like a pudding.

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I know you wouldn't do this but I sometimes make a "pudding" with them. I take a bowl of water, add in some chopped fruits (I love to do oranges) and maybe some xylitol in the water if I want it sweeter, then I add chia and let it soak up the water so it's like a pudding.

Whenever I have chia seeds, I always soak them until they form a gel too. This way they're easier to digest and they won't absorb all the water inside you that way.
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Whenever I have chia seeds, I always soak them until they form a gel too. This way they're easier to digest and they won't absorb all the water inside you that way.

Chia is an amazing food and I swear by it. I tell all my friends to eat them

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Whenever I have chia seeds, I always soak them until they form a gel too. This way they're easier to digest and they won't absorb all the water inside you that way.

I do something pretty similar. I use them with oats that I soak overnight in either almond milk or sometimes pomegranate juice as a treat for breakfast the next day.
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I do something pretty similar. I use them with oats that I soak overnight in either almond milk or sometimes pomegranate juice as a treat for breakfast the next day.

Wow, soaking them in juice? Never thought of that!

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Where do you purchase chia seeds?
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Where do you purchase chia seeds?

I can get organic chia seeds at the health food store I shop at, but you can also get them from numerous online sources.
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MMM I love chia seeds!! It's funny, I have been eating Salba for months and months, and I *just* found out a few days ago that they are just a brand of chia seeds.
We make a delicious pudding with Salba. I soak the chia seeds in almond milk, with either vanilla & coco powder, peanut butter and banana, or blueberries and a splash of blueberry syrup. I could see doing it with juice or any pieces of fruit.

Yummmmmmmmy!!
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Where do you purchase chia seeds?

http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Chia-Seeds-Gluten-Free
Great price

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Thanks doktormartini! I'll order some later.
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Thanks doktormartini! I'll order some later.

That really is a great site, they have a lot of stuff on thier for pretty cheap prices. And the NSI is like their name brand (I believe) and it's really cheap because of that and it's still great quality. I usually order 3 chias at a time!

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It is a great site!! I spent way too much money there...
Shipping is great too! And it gave me a $1 discount and I have no idea why
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I just tried soaking my chia seeds in cranberry juice. It was... interesting. I think a sweeter juice would be far tastier, but I wanted some cranberry in me anyway.

I'm glad to know about that trick, cause I've been eating lots of chia seeds lately in an effort to get more omega's, fiber and protein, but I've been less regular than usual.... Perhaps they were sucking all the water out of me. Do you think that would happen with ground seeds too?

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I had chia seeds in my lemonade tonight
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I make an overnight oats for breakfast the next day (or I make it in the morning for lunch at work).

40 g rolled oats (this is one serving on the package)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup almond milk (or any nut or soy milk would do)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

Mix till dry ingredients are wet and then add:

1 ripe banana

Mash until the ripe banana is mixed into mixture. Refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.

You can add all sorts of things. I like to add a nut butter like almond or peanut butter.
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VitaCost is a good site, but you can also check out http://www.chiaseedcentral.com. All chia is organically grown, and pesticide free. You can get 3lbs at 29.99. Plus FREE shipping on everything. We're a smaller operation then VC, but hey =)
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I keep seeing chia seeds touted as a diet food, that they displace calories. Is that only if you use a ridiculous amount? I would like to add some chia to our diet, but my toddler has feeding issues and needs calorie-dense food. Please tell me the diet stuff is just a marketing gimmick!
(But only tell me that if it's true.)

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