41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on chia seeds!
I was so delighted with the Chia book. Not only does the author provide an excellent historical review of chia seed, and its uses - there is also a wealth of information about its nutritional benefits. Long time overdue. I eat chia seeds every day, and cannot believe the dramatic difference they have made in my overall health. Don't miss this one!
Published on January 1, 2008 by Emily
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
The book gives a background and history of the chia crop and some of its uses. Its a bit long winded and there wasn't enough of the potential medicinal uses of chia.
Published on December 6, 2011 by Iain
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on chia seeds!,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)I was so delighted with the Chia book. Not only does the author provide an excellent historical review of chia seed, and its uses - there is also a wealth of information about its nutritional benefits. Long time overdue. I eat chia seeds every day, and cannot believe the dramatic difference they have made in my overall health. Don't miss this one!
78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)With 37 pages of documented references, Ayerza and Coates have established credibility with their findings of this old (but new) kid on the Essential Fatty Acid (EFA market. Chia seed, as well as hemp seed, is going to be a valuable source of EFAs in the not too distant future. Our waters are just too polluted and manufacturers too unscrupulous to keep up the facade that fish is the only source for the omega-3s our body needs. Ayerza and Coates goes into much detail on such subjects as the paradox of hunger and abundance; the importance of EFAs and the best sources of them as well as fats in general; why chia seed is one of the best sources of EFAs and many other nutrients; a detailed history of chia and where it seems to grow best (southern Mexico); the history of the Aztec people and their use of the seed; the various varieties and how to recognize them; and the oil's contribution to the preservation of art. The book also includes valuable tables of information and concludes with marketing ideas. Although the seed is a much needed food item, I fear that it can easily be exploited by manufacturers who see the value of the seed for other reasons than food. In this day and age of widespread hunger, food in general and good food (like chia and hemp seed) in particular, remains at the bottom of legislative concerns.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, well researched,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)Have read all the chia information on the web. This book gives you the history, the facts and why chia is so important in the diet - both ours and animals. The authors compare chia to other sources of omega-3 and then discuss why chia is a better source. If you are interested in your health this is a must read.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)This was an objective overview of the history of Chia. Not a recipe or how-to book. A bit on the academic side but I enjoyed it. Also enjoy using chia as a supplement.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indept and technical,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)This book is good for getting down to the nitty gritty technical side of why chia seed is a great source of nutrition and energy. I was looking for something a little more historic and practical. If you want to know why chia does what it does, this is a great resource. I may reread it again when I need more info on the effects of the wonderful chia seed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)The book gives a background and history of the chia crop and some of its uses. Its a bit long winded and there wasn't enough of the potential medicinal uses of chia.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documented about Chia and its History,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)I would recommend this book to a friend, colleagues, associates, family and everyone. This book is about the rediscovery of a native food with amazing nutritional properties. This book explains how it was used based on ancient texts and literature. Thank you so much for a book well documented.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lies, Lies, Lies...,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)Book cover claims;
1. Superior to other plant and marine sources of omega 3... Plants do not have omega 3, it is ALA which turns to omega 3 which is questionable even if it does compare to consuming a fish which is pure source of omega 3.
2. Low in sodium... I consume all type of nuts, grain, veggies... there is hardly any salt in any.
3. High in protein... It is incomplete protein to start with and not even high in comparison to others.
4. Antioxidants... What antioxidants, the biggest lie.
5. Valued as an energy source for athlete endurance... I do not know any athlete who endorses empty vitamins or minerals food source high in fiber.
It is appalling how much lie there is especially by individuals who claim to have an understanding of nutrition world. Chia is lower in ALA which is not omega 3, when it comes to flaxseed. Read Nutritional Facts not lies by anyone calling themself an authority on nutrition. His lies are even printed as a reference in Livestrong Internet site. An absolute joke. The book starts with lies right at the beginning, on the cover.
Organic chia sells for less than $.60 an ounce. There are many brands, prices change all the time for conventional and organic. Do your research before purchase.
CHARACTERS: Chia offers no vitamins, high in calcium and zinc, originated from Mexico, produced in Latin countries and Australia, can be kept for longer time than other seeds, does not need to be ground to release its nutrients unlike flax or sesame seeds, and retains up to some 20 times its weight.
WEIGHT LOSS: Consuming calories means putting on weight regardless of the food item. Weight is the relation of intake calories vs. burned calories. Any unburned calories will turn into fat and increase weight. There is no food item that helps weigh loss except not consuming food, any type of food.
HYDRATION: Hydration is ratio of water and salt to body mass. For hydration body needs water and minerals not fiber soaked in water. Consuming fruits like watermelon with high water content, glucose for a quick burst of energy before or post workouts, red color healthy lycopene, potassium, vitamin C, low sodium, phytosterols for lowering cholesterol and many other host of nutrients and vitamins are what is needed by human body. Tap water left in room temperature for an hour which kills the chlorine, is the only water for me since it is tested at least 16 times a day. No fancy water with supplements or vitamins for me only juicy fruits and pure water. According to NOAA, "Human kidneys can only make urine that is less salty than salt water. Therefore, to get rid of all the excess salt taken in by drinking seawater, you have to urinate more water than you drank. Eventually, you die of dehydration even as you become thirstier."... chia has nothing to do with hydration.
CHOLESTEROL: Phytosterols which is helpful in lowering cholesterol can be found in many foods like sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, watermelon, onion... no Phytosterols in Chia seeds.
OMEGA 3: Greens, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables do not offer any omega 3, it is an animal source. Flaxseeds offer more ALA than chia for $1.99 a pound not $15 a pound, 22.8gr vs. 17.8gr. There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plants the other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. There is no proof what percent of ALA gets converted by human body to EPA or DHA. You can consume all ALAs that you want and depending to your genes it may never turn any into omega 3. Blood test is the only way to see the affects. I get omega 3 from sardines although flaxseeds are important part of my diet since flax offers so many different nutrients.
PROTEIN: No seed or green offers complete protein other than quinoa and soy. Soy is questionable since soy is processed and comes with estrogen. Chia is an incomplete protein since it is missing few amino acids. I get 25gr of complete protein with all amino acids in one scoop of pure isolate or 8gr out of one cup of quinoa. Those are excellent amount of protein since after all human body does not digest more than 30gr of protein at a time.
ANTIOXIDANTS: Antioxidant is the most misused word in nutrition since there is no way of measuring antioxidant. Every food item seems to have more antioxidants these days but yet there are no antioxidants anywhere as a value of measurement or comparison. No antioxidants listed on any labeling anywhere. Chia is not used or recommended for any cancer treatment or any chronic condition. I guess the Eskimos where their diet is only animal fat without any whopping fiber or any whopping antioxidants have survived on pure fat for centuries in -50 degree weather when Mayas and Aztec were not able to survive in 80 degree weather, with access to all the fiber and antioxidants of chia seeds where it is from.
BRANDS: Claims that one brand of chia seed is more nutritious than another brand, or one brand is selling a darker chia seeds than another brand, one brand is smaller seeds than another brands, etc. are marketing tools. Majority offer the same nutrients only differ in packaging. Just insure it is organic.
CARBOHYDRATES: Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in the muscles which weigh something like 18 grams per kilo of muscle. Protein and fats do not get stored as glycogen (additional weight). If you are a marathon runner, then it is not important how healthy or fit you may feel or look since if you did not consume enough carbohydrates then there is not enough glycogen in your muscles and you will not finish the marathon regardless. So I want healthy fat not carbohydrates. I want muscles not glycogen except on the days that I surf for hours and hours.
FIBER: Fiber is essential for body since fiber absorbs the unwanted liquid in the gut and body has to defecate that blown up fiber which in return lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. and brings comfort and efficiency to human body unlike fat which stays in human body unless needed for energy. Chia offers fiber just like any other fiber found in any other food like beans for $2 a pound not $15, without the high calories of chia.
STARCH: Some carbohydrates, such as sugars and most starch are rapidly digested and absorbed as glucose into the body through the small intestine and subsequently used for short-term energy needs or stored. Resistant starch on the other hand, resists digestion and passes through to the large intestine where it acts like dietary fiber. Sugar, honey, maple syrup, white flour, white rice, whole-grain pastry flour, packaged cold cereals, commercial fruit juices, and fruit-juice sweetened beverages are the same foods some dentists claim rots the teeth from the inside out by changing the balance and ratio of calcium to phosphorous in the bloodstream. Your immune system goes down when you wolf down sweets, especially around events and holiday meals. High Glycemic foods quickly turn to sugar in your blood stream, causing excess insulin to pour into your blood to get rid of the excess sugar. The excess insulin pushes the calcium and fat into your arteries, especially if you have only a few cholesterol receptors on your liver (which is genetic). Whole wheat and white bread have essentially the same impact on blood sugar so I try to consume bread with whole sprouted grains, even flourless breads, and no-yeast breads. Black beans, northern beans, navy beans, red kidney beans, lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, brown rice, rolled oats, millet, corn, black rice are all Resistance Starch. King of starch for me is quinoa and Navy Beans before and post expedition trips, 17.6gr vs. 15.4gr for 100gr serving. No wonder the price of quinoa is going up, up, up...
MINERALS: Hemp is one of the kings of nutrients when it comes to minerals and so important to me as a whole delicious seed with highest magnesium, highest potassium, highest zinc and the healthiest fat.
Accordingly for 100gr servings size of;
FRESHNESS: Fresh means nutritious and delicious. I consume lots of seeds, beans, grains, vegetables, etc. and freshness is a priority regardless of the brand so I always purchase my food ingredients in small quantities from reputable sellers with high turnover. When fresh, food is nutritious and that goes for any food in any form, from frozen to canned. Fresh food is nutritious as well as delicious since nutrients give food its delicious taste. When old or rancid, nutrients are gone and any food item becomes an empty calories with no taste and absolutely worthless regardless of the brand or price, organic or conventional. For few years I consumed seeds in oil form since physicians advised me to do so not knowing that majority are not aware that seeds hardly offer any nutrients unless; seeds are fresh, not old which means rancid, not in oil form, not in supplement form, not hulled, ground and consumed within few days, kept in dark cold temperatures, away from light-sun-moisture since the oil in seeds and nuts go rancid regardless. That is why brown rice which has its nutrients will go rancid even if kept in freezer while white rice will last for years at room temperature since it hardly has any nutrients or oil. I ground in my coffee grinder sesame, flax, chia, amaranth, hemp then add cocoa, isolate protein, soy milk and consume it before my workouts on daily basis for its vitamins, minerals, protein and many nutrients, without much spike in my glucose. Un-hulled seeds are full of nutrients. I never consume hulled seeds which are empty calories, absolutely worthless since the nutrients have been removed.
FAT: The most important hormone, and the one that's crucial for weight loss, is insulin. Insulin is the hormone that controls fat storage. A high-carb diet increases the amount of glucose in the bloodstream, which in turn means you produce more insulin. The more insulin the body produces, the more fat gets stored. A low-carb diet means less insulin, making it easier to lose weight because less fat is then stored. For intake of a massive 5,000 calories every day for three weeks with calories from a low-fat, high-carb diet; and for another three weeks with calories from more fat no carbs with exactly the same amount of calories, with moderate exercise regimen each time; low-fat diet stacked on 16 lb with 3.7" (9.5 cm) around the middle where the high fat diet offered a loss of 2.5 lb and loss of 1"(2.5 cm) from waistline. If calorie is calorie, then in my case and my experience shows that I would prefer to get my calories from a healthy fat from sesame seed and almond than the calories from the carbs in chia. Almonds have the highest fat calories from all the seeds and nuts and that is a priority to me in type of calories since I am kind of vegan who consumes fish but hardly any meat or chicken.
Accordingly for 28gr/1oz servings size of;
CALORIES FROM CARBS
CALORIES FROM FAT
CALORIES FROM PROTEIN
With only 3% saturated fat, avocado offers so many calories from fat but from mono and poly fats which is the same for sesame seed as well making those superdfoods with lots of other nutrients as well. Calories from fat are only healthy when such food is low in saturated fat and high in poly or mono fats. Junk food usually provides a large number of calories per serving, with the majority of the calories from fat, unhealthy saturated fat with no poly or mono fats. On a 2,000 calorie diet, need to consume less than 65 grams of fat a day. For those reasons even consuming too many cashews are unhealthy since cashews hardly offer nutrients except high in zinc but very high in saturated fat. For almost the same total calories sesame offers half of chia's "CARB CALORIES" gain but 50% more "FAT CALORIES" with high amount of nutrients for weight loss. Sesame is my calcium but almonds are the superfood when it comes to fat calories and vitamin E. Americans consume enough peanut butter each year to coat the floor of the Grand Canyon, priced for 1/3 but hardly with any nutrients vs. sesame. None offer ALA and not only flax's high ALA is needed but it balances the omega-6 which is so abandoned in all foods and not healthy at all. But, but, but, Hemp is the king for magnesium, potassium, zinc where is needed most for my muscle cramps and goes with all my work outs.
CONCLUSION: Chia is fiber. As an athlete I need nutrients not fiber. Quinoa, garlic, hemp, sesame, watermelon, flax, cocoa, tomatoes, almonds are what my body needs. Hemp is big on potassium-magnesium-zinc which lubricates my muscles, amaranth is calcium-magnesium, quinoa is starch-protein, flax is magnesium-ALA, and sesame is calcium-minerals-vitamins-fat which helps in absorption of the nutrients. If I want compressed fiber with high calcium then chia would be on top of my list but when I consume so many nutritious different food items then fiber is never a priority to me at all since all the fruits and seeds are full of fiber which means I do not need to pay $15 a pound for fiber, pure carb which translates into weight gain. Furthermore for $4.99 a pound, for three times less in cost, I get the best, freshest, brown, whole organic sesame seeds which not only are full of nutrients, sesame offers almost twice the amount of calcium as chia. The same goes for ALA which turns into omega 3. Flax which is full of nutrients offers more ALA for $1.99 a pound, not $15 a pound. For hydration there is no charge for drinking water, the best hydration my body needs without any junk in it, no added supplements called vitamins since I get everything from my diet, no need for any unregulated supplements. Chia is high in calories, infact really high. My priority as an athlete is to get the most nutrients for the least amount of calories since I have to be ripped, flexible, agile, with strong bones and full of energy. I have to be as considerate about my health and my weight as much as an overweight individual trying to lose weight since every line item that I disclosed above impacts my weight and my body regardless. If I am not ripped, full of health, full of muscles, low in fat, then I will never get to the top of the mountain pedaling on my mountain bike, I will never be able to swim for hours and hours in the ocean to catch a single wave, I will never be agile and hike on difficult uphill trails... infact if I do when out of shape, I will not be able to enjoy those sports day in and day out if consuming just fiber without nutrients.
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful & Informative.,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)I found this book to be very helpful and informative. Has some good recipes too. If you want to know more about chia, buy it.
11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chi seeds,
This review is from: Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (Paperback)Dr Coates has been inttrumental in bring more information about the chia seed. It has long been underground, maybe soon it will become a source of food for hungry people and a source of vital nutrition and health for everyone. Our bodies ned it. At this time some chia is out on the market but a lot of it is not good quality. Doctor Coates does support one type of chia seed made by Lifemax. Check out [...] for more info about the highest quality chia seeds supported by Dr Coates.
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