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 "Cha-cha Chia Pet" Commercials? Chia is So Much More!
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"Cha-cha Chia Pet" Commercials? Chia is So Much More!

Ancient Aztec civilizations cultivated not only maize, but chia as well. Chia is a native plant to Mexico and Guatemala. Seeds from the chia plant are packed with nutrition. Recently, the seeds have been discovered to aid in weight reduction.


Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the seeds are packed with protein, calcium, manganese, potassium and sodium. Chia seeds can assist with maintaining blood sugar levels and reduce hunger pains for dieters. The fibers in the seed expand in the presence of water or other liquids. The moisture in the liquid is trapped in the seed and forms a gel absorbing up to 9 times the original size. The stomach reacts as though it has received a large piece of food with a very low calorie count. The body treats the liquefied gel as roughage and hydrates the colon, thus aiding in digestion. The seeds assist with food cravings by supplying the body with the nutrition it needs.

Add Protein to a Vegan Diet

Chia seeds are flavorless and take on the flavor of other foods. The seeds are often used in puddings, breads, cakes, dips and porridges. Chia fresca is a Mexican drink derived from chia seeds combined with water, tea or fruit juice. Vegans, this is a great way to add protein to the diet.

The Chia Pet

Yes, all this from the infamous plant that resembles hair growing from a terra cotta puppy, bunny, Tweety Bird, or even an Obama figurine. Who would have thought? Will Chia Pet sales receive a boost this Christmas? Only time will tell!




*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. dianabart
    I put Chia seeds in almost all my meals. Stops over eating and cravings.. and is full of nutrients like your blog states. A super food it is! Voted - & thanks for sharing!
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Diana for the comment and the vote! I have only recently heard of chia seeds. I just thought that the chia pets had some type of grass growing in them. I learned about the seeds over the weekend from an advertisement.
  2. Sheila Ray
    cha cha cha chia! :) voted
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila! Mike use to always tease me about buying me one for Christmas! LOL!
  3. Veganara
    Vote no 4. Love that pic! I have heard of chia. but never tried it. I definitley will now though, after reading all this info here! Thanks also for your vote and comment on my Mixed Fruit Sundaes recipe.
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Veganara for the comment and vote! You know I have a weakness for sweets and breads.
  4. Roopam
    I am hearing a lot about chia these days and am yet to try it...will do so #6
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Roopam for the vote! Looks like there is an advertisement for chia seeds attached to this article.
  5. catwalsh
    Just voted! Great article! As you mentioned, the chia seed is flavorless which makes it incredibly flexible. People always ask how to use the seeds. While you can easily add them to things like yogurt and oatmeal, you can also add them to your salads, pasta dishes, pancakes, cookies...the list can go on and on. We love chia at NY Superfoods!
  6. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    cool, interesting information. my mother's relatives have chia hair. but they are toxic to your health. i wouldnt recommend them to anyone.


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