CHIA SEEDS - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between Black Chia Seeds and White Chia Seeds?
Are there side affects from Chia Seeds?
Can you receive any adverse reactions to Chia Seeds?
What are the benefits of Chia Seeds?
How do you take Chia Seeds?
Can you use Chia seeds for liver cleansing?
Chia seeds and cancer?
Is Chia good for the skin?
Do Chia Seeds enhance flavor?
Can you lose weight with chia seeds?
How much chia seeds a day should you take?
Why are Omega 6 Fatty Acids important?
Why are Omega 3 Fatty Acids important?
What are Triglycerides?
How many calories are in a tablespoon of chia seeds?


What is the difference between Black Chia Seeds and White Chia Seeds?

Nutritionally, there is no significant difference. 

For more info check out an excerpt from the book, Chia Seeds, "The Ancient Food of the Future" published by Carlyle Collection Publishing about the topic, Chia Black Seed vs White Seed in which nutritionist and Book Author Paul E Dipritzio discusses this topic with William Anderson, who has been committed to the research of Chia for over twenty years. 

Are there side affects from Chia Seeds? There are no side affects that we know of.

Can you receive any adverse reactions to Chia Seeds?

We have not known of any adverse side affects from chia seeds since we started selling in 2003.


What are the benefits of Chia Seeds? 

Native Americans would take a pouch of seeds and a gourd of water on their trips. The seeds were their food source and taken with the water they would hydrate their bodies for endurance. The seeds have twice the protein of any other seed or grain, five times the calcium of milk, boron which is trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones, omega 3 and omega 6 which are essential oils for the body. One day my stomach was hurting real bad because of the acid. I took one tablespoon of dried seeds with just enough water to get them down. I waited for five minutes and then I drank more water to finish hydrating the seeds. It worked! The seeds hydrated from the acid in my stomach. The pain stopped. :)Can I bake with Chia Flour? Yes, you can use it like you use regular flour, for every cup of regular flour, you would use 2/3 cup of chia meal.

How can you take Chia Seeds?

Chia's hydrophillic structure holds water, so when mixed with sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad, dressings, cream cheese, jellies and preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereal, dips, puddings, soups, etc. It displaces calories and fat without diluting flavor. In addition to extending foods by 50% - 75% calories and fat have been reduced without compromising flavor, with an ingredient that is 90% water. Chia gel is also a great fat replacer for baked goods and special qualities for sugar control and weight loss.
One pound of chia seeds would make 24 cups of gel once hydrated which if you took the recommended dose of three tablespoons three times a day of the gel it would last you over a month. I recommend to my customers to just use 1/3 cups of seeds and put in two cups of water and whisk to hydrate then place in fridge. It will last three weeks. Take out as needed and then when that is gone then hydrate more seeds. Once a day you can take One tablespoon of the raw seeds and put them in water or juice prior to workout or physical activity or for appetite control and weight loss. 

Can you use Chia seeds for liver cleansing? We would recommend milk thistle because it is known to help the liver.

Chia seeds and cancer? Cancer doesn't like hydrated and nourish cells. It likes damaged cells. Chia seeds keep cells nourished, hydrated and healthy.

Is Chia good for the skin? Chia is excellent for the skin because of omega 3 and 6. By keeping your body hydrated it helps your hair and skin look youthful.

Do Chia Seeds enhance flavor? Chia seeds do not enhance flavor, because there is no taste to it. YOU DON'T have cover it up with sugar and sweeteners. You just use your food or drink like it tasted before.

Can you lose weight with chia seeds? It depends on how many calories you take in versus how many calories you burn. Chia seeds are very low in calories. 1 ounce of Chia uses 2.8% of the calories in a 2000 calorie diet. The full daily serving of 1 ounce only adds up to 139 calories and 1 ounce of Chia Seeds has a Glycemic Index of 1.


How much chia seeds a day should you take? We recommend in the gel form 3 tablespoons, 3 times a day and the dry form once a day a tablespoon and 2 times a teaspoon. Make sure you use with fluids when taking it dry.

Why are Omega 6 Fatty Acids important? The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in modern diets is approximately 15:1, whereas ratios of 2:1 to 4:1 have been associated with reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease, suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and decreased risk of breast cancer. One ounce of chia seeds has 4920mg of omega 3 and 1620mg of omega 6.

Why are Omega 3 Fatty Acids important? Omega-3 essential fatty acids are important for healthy nervous systems, cholesterol levels, brain function and can reduce inflammation. Many people prefer to use supplemental forms of omega-3 essential fatty acids rather than from fish, walnuts or flax. It is important to remember that omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oils need to be free from contaminants like mercury. You do not need too much protein or omega 3 and 6 so the maximum of the gel you will need is three tablespoonfuls three times a day of the gel. Once a day you may substitute one tablespoon of dry seeds in place of the three tablespoons of gel.

What are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a form of fat in the bloodstream. People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol, a high LDL (bad) cholesterol and a low HDL (good) cholesterol level. Many people with heart disease also have high triglyceride levels. Several clinical studies have shown that people with above-normal triglyceride levels (greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL) have an increased risk of heart disease. People with diabetes or who are obese are also likely to have high triglycerides.

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