Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - CHIA Seeds?




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SoMuchFattitude
03-13-2013, 07:58 AM
Wtf is this craze? I now own a bag of them and plan on putting them on my yogurt - but on the real, what's the health/nutrition benefit? I just keep reading that they're good for you.

Thoughts?


nelie
03-13-2013, 08:12 AM
They contain healthy fats with a mix of protein. That is pretty much it. They, like flax seed, can also be used as an egg replacer in some recipes due to their binding properties.

TripSwitch
03-13-2013, 08:22 AM
I haven't jumped on the chia seed bandwagon yet... But since I'm always up for trying whatever the latest food craze is... I'm sure it won't be long before I'm seeing them sprinkled on something that I happen to be eating...

Apparently the word on the street is that 2013 is going to be "The Year of The Chia Seed"... but I'm just gonna take a "wait and see" on that one for now... :D


nelie
03-13-2013, 08:31 AM
Has their been an increase in advertising? I thought chia seed popularity had peaked a few years ago. I heard of them prior but Born to Run (2009) gave chia seed popularity a pretty big boost and that is when I started to see them everywhere.

TripSwitch
03-13-2013, 08:43 AM
Yeah, I don't think they ever gained the "traction" as a genuine "bona fide" food craze that the companies behind them would have liked... but there does seem to be a few more mainstream media reports about them lately for some reason... so I guess they're still trying... as they say..."If at first you don't succeed..." and well, we all know how that one goes...

Psychic
03-13-2013, 10:41 AM
Chia seeds are too expensive for me. I'll just stick with flax seed.

Also, A comparison of flax vs. chia (http://www.prevention.com/which-healthier-chia-seeds-or-flax-seeds)

nelie
03-13-2013, 11:00 AM
I like that chia seeds don't have to be ground unlike flax seeds and they seem to keep better. Flax seeds seem to be cheaper, I usually buy chia at around $7/lb although last time I went to buy them from Amazon, I must've hit an unusual sale as I got 2 lbs for $7 which has lasted me forever. I like the nutty taste of flax seeds though which is something chia is lacking.

Silverfire
03-13-2013, 11:25 AM
I love em. Sprinkled in yogurt like you SoMuchFattitude! Mix them into smoothies too. They make your smoothies extra thick! :) Besides good fat and protein, they have a decent amount of fiber too (Careful, they can make you gassy at first!!)

elvislover324
03-13-2013, 11:48 AM
I was on a Chia kick for a while, I always just added them to yogurt or a shake. I never made the paste with them, that texture would give me the creeps!

The other craze (to me) is quinoa. I never heard of it til like 3 months ago and now it's all over the place.

amandie
03-13-2013, 11:54 AM
Thanks for the link, Psychic!!

Not to hijack the thread but now this has me wondering about the comparisons, can I mix chia and flax seeds together to get both benefits? Has anyone ever tried that?

nelie
03-13-2013, 12:10 PM
amandie - they have similar benefits so eating both is fine if you like.

elvislover - I'm not sure if quinoa has gotten a boost lately but its been around a while but it starting to be recognized as a real worldwide crop. I've seen a lot of quinoa recipes in mainstream magazines for quite a few years and many of my cookbooks have quinoa recipes.

Ruthxxx
03-13-2013, 12:23 PM
Amandie, I put both in my morning smoothie. Good stuff and the chia thickens it slightly when I'm not using fruit.

Psychic
03-13-2013, 12:37 PM
I buy cold-milled golden flax from Flax USA. I find it at Sam's Club for $7.98. Its already ground up, but since its cold-milled, it keeps it nutrients.

nelie
03-13-2013, 12:43 PM
I buy cold-milled golden flax from Flax USA. I find it at Sam's Club for $7.98. Its already ground up, but since its cold-milled, it keeps it nutrients.

Ground flax seeds are subject to going rancid which is what I don't like. I can keep my chia seeds in my pantry but you need to keep flax seeds in the fridge and I'm not sure how long they stay good for in the fridge? Maybe longer than I think but I've heard so many rancid flax seed horror stories that I buy whole flax seeds when I buy them.

elvislover324
03-13-2013, 01:00 PM
elvislover - I'm not sure if quinoa has gotten a boost lately but its been around a while but it starting to be recognized as a real worldwide crop. I've seen a lot of quinoa recipes in mainstream magazines for quite a few years and many of my cookbooks have quinoa recipes.

Maybe it's because I finally got my head out of the bowl of pasta, the bowl of white rice and the bowl of mashed potatoes and realized there is healthier food out there! I do believe there was some negative news recently and that got my attention, that quinoa crops were too expensive for the poor people to eat anymore due to it's recent popularity. Actually I think the story was linked here in a 3FC thread.

nelie
03-13-2013, 01:11 PM
Maybe it's because I finally got my head out of the bowl of pasta, the bowl of white rice and the bowl of mashed potatoes and realized there is healthier food out there! I do believe there was some negative news recently and that got my attention, that quinoa crops were too expensive for the poor people to eat anymore due to it's recent popularity. Actually I think the story was linked here in a 3FC thread.

Although it is a different topic entirely, I read that article and it has received a lot of criticism for presenting false information. There are some other articles out there though that talk about the changing climate in impoverished areas that are now being built up economically due to popularity of quinoa and as a result, local people are able to afford other foods that they couldn't afford previously. There is also concern because quinoa is a global crop now and Canada produces a large amount of it and many of the US imports are from Canada. So although areas that are becoming economically stable due to quinoa crops are having to also compete with other countries that didn't grow quinoa until recently.

Mara
03-13-2013, 01:13 PM
I love them. I use them to make muffins instead of eggs. I believe they have omega 3 in them.

Amy8888
03-13-2013, 01:48 PM
I have a bag that I need to remember to use up. I've used them in oatmeal. Would love more ideas! I don't think I'll bother getting them again.

Psychic
03-13-2013, 01:51 PM
Ground flax seeds are subject to going rancid which is what I don't like. I can keep my chia seeds in my pantry but you need to keep flax seeds in the fridge and I'm not sure how long they stay good for in the fridge? Maybe longer than I think but I've heard so many rancid flax seed horror stories that I buy whole flax seeds when I buy them.

The ones from Flax USA claim that they do not need refrigerated, but can be if desired. I've had a bag for a few months now and it hasn't gone rancid yet. I dunno. I just keep the bag well sealed in the cupboard.

SoMuchFattitude
03-13-2013, 02:13 PM
Thanks for all the info!

Here's another one...anyone tried Teff?

http://www.bobsredmill.com/whole-grain-teff.html

nelie
03-13-2013, 02:18 PM
My husband and I love ethiopian food so we often go which includes Injera, a bread made out of teff. Injera is a bit tricky to make so I've never attempted to make it myself.