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Can you eat chia seeds?

Chia seeds are edible—in fact, they have been grown for consumption by humans dating as far back as 1500 B.C. Chia seeds are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than flax seed and are remarkably shelf stable and rich in antioxidants and nutrients.

Chia seeds may be eaten whole, ground into a flour or added to water—as they sit in liquid, they form a gel.

Chia seeds are a current darling of the health food world, but as with any food, are not a panacea. They do have useful nutritional benefits, however, and some interesting culinary applications.


For more information on chia seeds and other healthy seeds, see 7 Healthy and Delicious Seeds from