Monday, January 2, 2012

What is Chia and why I love it.

While I was looking up my top 11 from 2011,
 I noticed how many questions I had about Chia. 

I posted about it a little in my smoothie post.

Here is some quick info that might help.

Where to buy:

I still can not find chia in big retailers. I buy it at a local health food store. Call ahead before driving all over the place. It is stored in the refrigerated section at my store.

Why I like it:

Chia is an evidence-based registered variety of Salvia hispanica L. and is nutritionally superior to flax and soy. Chia is the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 and dietary fiber currently known to man.

Promotes Cardiovascular Health:

According to the American Heart Association, Omega-3 fatty acids can normalize blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, while helping promote healthy heart and blood vessels.

Assists Joint Function & Mobility:

With six times more calcium than milk, and with greater amounts of high-quality protein than the one found in soy, Chia also helps strengthen muscles and bones.

Improves Digestion & Natural Detoxification:

Chia can absorb a whopping 12+ times its weight in water – flax seed only absorbs 6-8 times its weight. Chia´s insoluble fiber reduces digestive transit time and removes toxins as it passes through the digestive tract.

Supports Healthy Weight Loss:

Chia´s high fiber content and its ability to reduce blood sugar levels after meals inhibits the appetite, thus making it the perfect food for healthy, effective weight loss. Thanks to its neutral flavor and color, Chia integrates seamlessly into any healthy recipe.

This info came from


Tanya said...

I use chia as filler in fattier substances to cut down on unnecessary calories without cutting volume. Maybe a cheat, but a healthy one! I usually buy it at our local Farmboy, but I also saw it at Walmart, in the pharmacy section.

oliviamannix said...

Hi, Salba Smart is an excellent Salvia Hispanica L product (chia seeds).
It also comes in chips, salsa, pretzels.. etc.

It is sold at Whole Foods Markets and can also be purchased online.


oliviamannix said...

Salba Smart is an excellent chia seed product.
They also make chips, salsa, pretzels and are found in a lot of HAPPY BABY products.

Salba Smart can be found at your local Whole Foods Markets and also purchased online.