Can you eat chia seeds?

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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 CL.com.

 

Marge Perry
Aug, 2012
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