590 of 615 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
I had heard that Chia seeds were very healthy and they contained a lot of good things. I was scooping them in smoothies, and yogurt. Since that time, I did more research and found some interesting info. They are full of omega 3's. They give you energy. They expand 12 times there size if you use them correctly. They contain protein as well as fiber. 1 tbsp equals the protein of 1 egg. They help to regulate cholesterol. The list goes on and on. Something very helpfl to people who buy the seeds is in preparation. I was going through them quickly because I was using them incorrectly. Here is the correct way: For every tbsp you scoop out you add 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water depending on how thick you like it. I usually do 2 tbsp and 1 cup and 1/2 water. Then you leave the seeds in the water for 30 minutes before ever using them. After using them, store them in a container in the refrigerator. They will become like a jelly like pudding. They will last in the fridge for 2 weeks and you can scoop out tbsps and add them to all kinds of foods to get the health benefits. They don't have any taste so they blend into everything. Since the 2tbsp grows 12 x because it absorbs the water, it will last a lot longer and you will be getting a great deal more benefit from them. i am involved in a marathon walk/run training program. I was going on a longer run of 10 miles and needed something in my system that would give me energy but not cause a need for a bathroom trip along the way. I used the chia seeds for fuel in the form of a pudding with a piece of banana and stevia. It worked great. When you buy chia seeds, keep in mind why you are buying them. It is not for the taste. They don't have a taste. IT IS FOR THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS. As far as the Nutiva brand, I am very happy with it. Just remember to order organic chia and stay away from anything made in China.
202 of 213 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
Nutritional benefits of Chia seeds are amazing. Here are a few to start:
*According to studies, Chia possesses the highest percentage of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) of all crops. Chia seeds contain 60% omega 3 fatty acids.
*The protein content of Chia is higher that other nutritional grains. Unlike other grains, it is a complete protein, meaning that it has the appropriate balance of all essential amino acids. About 19 to 23% of chia seeds weight is protein.
*Chia seeds are high in fiber, a 15 gm serving of chia seeds will provide 4 to 5 gm of fiber. Our body requires at least 35 gm of fiber a day to stay healthy.
*Chia seeds contain boron which is essential for bone health.
*Chia seeds are rich in calcium, about 2 oz of chia seeds contains 600 mg of Calcium, as compared to 120 mg for a cup of milk.
*Chia seeds have 2 times more potassium than banana.
*Chia seeds have 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries
Regardless of the astonishing nutritional values of Chia, it also tastes very good. My girlfriend and I make a big pot of "steel cut" oatmeal at night (the quick way is throw a cup of oats in 4 cups of boiling water and just let it sit overnight), put in a good helping of chia seeds, and the next morning you have a wonderful breakfast that could last all week depending on how many people are eating it. Feel free to add a little cinnamon, peanut butter, fruit, or your own oatmeal favorite additions.
There are many other recipes for eating Chia, but oatmeal is my personal favorite. I started eating Chia last year after reading the NY Times Bestseller 'Born to Run' about how a tribe of Mexicans that eat Chia will drink beer, smoke tobacco, and then run up to 500 miles in a footrace the following days. One of the primary contributors to the tribal Mexicans' seemingly supernatural physical ability is that their diet is full of the nutrient-rich Chia seeds. I haven't put in 500 miles. But after previously failing to finish a 26-mile marathon without chia in my diet, I added chia to my diet and my knees allowed me to finish my first 26-mile marathon! Could the chia seeds have helped? I think so. I certainly had more energy and my joints felt better my second attempt at a marathon when "on" the chia.
I started out paying an arm-and-a-leg at Whole Foods for Chia seeds, but have since started buying them on Amazon for a fraction of the price. Buy some Chia seeds and make a delicious bowl of oatmeal for one of the healthiest breakfasts possible. I have found that this 3-pound bag is a good size for getting a great bulk deal, but without taking up too much room in the cupboard.
505 of 542 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
The short-chain omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, is close to useless in improving our health. The average American can convert only about 3% to 5% of it into what he or she really needs, the phospholipid-based long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. So what are the real reasons why chia seeds are healthy for us?
(1)Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber partly blocks the absorption of calories from fat. Also, soluble fiber feeds the good bacteria in the human digestive tract and greatly increases their numbers. The good bacteria manufacture beneficial chemicals which (1)kill the bad bacteria, (2)lower blood pressure, (3)cause weight loss, (4)prevent cancer, (5)prevent clogged arteries by improving cholesterol numbers, and (6)prevent constipation.
(2)Chia seeds are high in lignans. Lignans are phytoestrogens that prevent heart disease, cancer, and many other killer diseases. To derive the full health benefit from lignans, we only need to eat an extremely, extremely, extremely small amount of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds every other day.
(3)Chia seeds are high in phytate. Phytate is a powerful antioxidant that prevents heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and many other killer diseases. Phytate partly blocks the absorption of calories from starch and protein. Phytate partly blocks the absorption of toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium. Phytate partly blocks the absorption of iron, which is a cancer-causing and artery-clogging pro-oxidant. Phytate is greatly helpful to diabetics by partly preventing the breakdown of starch into glucose. Phytate slightly reduces the severity of flatulence.
(4)Chia seeds are high in phytosterols. Phytosterols partly block the absorption of cholesterol from our intestines by mimicking the chemical structure of the cholesterol molecule.
Product of Paraguay.
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2014
Received their former packaging. No biggie. But then I found suspicious looking "seeds." First there was a tiny twig, but these look like something else entirely. Showed up in 3 batches of chia pudding I made.
68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
I ordered these chia seeds because I recently learned that chia seeds are supposed to be high in omega 3's and fiber. These seeds are organic and arrived securely packaged. The package even stated the date that the seeds were packed and the date by which they should be used. The price is lower than my local Whole Foods Market, so if you are interested in purchasing chia seeds, I would recommend this brand and this seller (My Natural Market).
257 of 287 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
I recently found out about using chia seed to supplement fiber intake. I've been hooked on a chia seed/fruit juice drink I've been getting at the natural supermarket. It's delicious but pretty expensive ($3.00 a bottle). I decided to try and find chia seeds and make my own! I was happy to find that these Nutiva chia seeds are pretty inexpensive and they hydrate very nicely. I put 2 tbsp into a glass of water and popped it in the fridge at bedtime. The next morning I had nicely gelled chia seeds that were ready for the drinkin'! I mixed the hydrated seeds with a small amount of fruit juice and the result was almost exactly like the expensive drink from the supermarket. I'm very happy with these seeds and will buy them again.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
I've been using whole chia seeds for many years. I grind my own (easily) every morning and add it to warmed coconut milk. I let it sit on the stove for about twenty minutes. It forms a nice gel that I then mix with rice and other ingredients to make a healthy pudding. I also put whole chia seeds into my smoothies.
I was curious about milled (or, in my case, pre-milled) chia. I figured it would "behave" the same as chia that I grind at home, but I was wrong. Last night, I put a teaspoon of this chia into an ounce of water just to see what it would do. It got a bit slimy, so I figured I'd be having the same breakfast concoction as always this morning. Nope. I did everything the same, but it did not gel up as much as my freshly ground chia. I do not know why this is true, but it does seems to be.
Please be aware of this if you are buying milled chia to make chia pudding. Most chia pudding recipes call for whole chia seeds. They make the pudding tapioca-like. If not, the recipe is relying on the fact that freshly ground chia still does soak up a lot of water.
I can not speak to using this chia for crackers or other baking uses. I presume it's fine. I give the product three stars because it is not overly expensive (chia can be very pricey), and there's nothing to dislike about it. I could not discern a taste difference as I have never tasted chia by itself (who would?) Three stars, also, because the company does not provide any information on how to use milled chia or even the correct information about this product. I was most curious if milled chia lost any of nutritional value over fresh milled chia, but I could not find that information. One last thing: the resealable package does not reseal because the finely ground chia gets stuck in the ziplock.
My recommendation is to grind your own chia seeds. Whole chia is a more versatile product. One only needs an inexpensive coffee grinder to do the job perfectly well.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2011
I like chia seeds and I also trust nutiva brand. I could have given 5 stars if it was white chia, since I like white better than blck. In any case, chia is a seed that you could use daily. I soak 3 table spoon full in a 8 oz or so of either cold or warm water, put it in the fridge for 24 hours. chia turns into a jar full of jelly like food. I put 3 t spoon full of this jelly in my morning berry and fruit bowl. Another use that I have for chia( soaked) is add to my dough for baking bread. Chia is a healthy food and 3 lbs of it would keep you happy for MORE THAN 6 MONTHS OR SO.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
You'll have a difficult time finding better quality chia seeds than this. I've been eating chia seeds daily for over 5 years. I bought my first bags from a company who was the first and only online distributer at the time. There wasn't even a certified organic chia farm back then. I was happy to see chia take off in recent years. In my opinion, chia seed is the world's greatest seed, superior to flax seed - not only in nutrition, but also taste. Having tried chia seeds from a handful of companies, I feel that Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds are one of the best out there.
For a tasty drink that provides energy for hours, try 1 TBSP chia seeds, the fresh juice from 1/4 (to 1/2) a lime, a little honey or agave to taste, and 16 oz water. Stir everything and let sit for 20 minutes. You'll have a tasty high energy meal replacement. Enjoy!
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2011
At first my friend gave me a sample of CHIA seeds enough to prepare couple drinks, and so I tried them with my fovorite apple juice. I found that that it is very interesting because the seeds are basically tasteless but it made you feel full and don't need to go to the bathroom thinking that you just drank a full glass of liquid. So I went and placed an order for 3 lbs CHIA seeds organic Nutiva brand on Amazon, got my seeds, made my drink daily, and enjoyed it every single time. One thing I have noticed is that I used to have some minor pain in my knees where the joints are, and after about 1 week drinking the chia seeds the pain seemed to have gone! Strongly recommend this product.