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"Jim Scheer has been one of my favorite nutrition reporters and editors for more than twenty years because he is always at the forefront of nutritional research analysis. Now he has written a fascinating book on the health benefits of chia. Everyone should read this new book about this old food that has become available once again."—Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D."The combined effect (of desert foods such as chia, cholla, and mesquite) is to prevent wide swings in blood sugar, slow down the digestive process, and delay the return of hunger."—Jane E. Brody, from her New York Times article, "Desert's Bounty Beats Overweight and Diabetes""James Scheer has unlocked the secrets of the magic of chia. Through easy-to-use recipes, he tells us how to discover the magic in this ancient, natural, and healthy food."—Dr. Earl Mindell, author of The Vitamin Bible, Herb Bible, and Prescription Alternatives

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"Jim Scheer has been one of my favorite nutrition reporters and editors for more than twenty years because he is always at the forefront of nutritional research analysis. Now he has written a fascinating book on the health benefits of chia. Everyone should read this new book about this old food that has become available once again."
-Richard A. Passwater, PhD

"The combined effect (of desert foods such as chia, cholla, and mesquite) is to prevent wide swings in blood sugar, slow down the digestive process, and delay the return of hunger."
-Jane E. Brody, from her New York Times article, "Desert's Bounty Beats Overweight and Diabetes"

"James Scheer has unlocked the secrets of the magic of chia. Through easy-to-use recipes, he tells us how to discover the magic in this ancient, natural, and healthy food."
-Dr. Earl Mindell, author of The Vitamin Bible, Herb Bible, and Prescription Alternatives

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books (January 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583940405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583940402
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Scheer has written and co-authored many excellent health books, and has a long and solid reputation in the nutrition industry. This book pays its respects to the many people who have been trying to make Chia seed a viable crop and educate others on its incredible health benefits. Although a bit simple in its approach, it is an up-to-date resource for those just learning about the magic of the chia seed and its future potential for changing the health of millions. Read it, apply it, and pass it on!
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Well, "they" say that the ancients knew best! In the case of chia, that appears to be true. One thing that chia seeds delivers, is boron, which helps transfer calcium to the bones. The author of the Magic of Chia does an excellent job of explaining the historical significance of chia seed, along with its nutritional value. You need to read this one, and start eating it, as I do!
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I became a Chia fan after reading the book Born to Run and then tried it myself. I wanted to learn more and bought this book. There is some very obtuse history and botony, and some anectodatal, kind of related, medical information, bordering on snake oil salesmanship at times....Chia can cure everything. The recipies at the end are simplistitic and lack originality. The author seems to be knowledgable, but seems to be holding back information for some reason. I will continue looking for better books on Chia.
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Small book with primarily historical information. I wanted more recipes than this has to offer. Guess I'll stick with my own drink formulation (water, 2 tablespoons chia seeds and either orange, lemon or lime -- all the fruit except for seeds and peel -- sweetener to taste, whizzed in the blender to pulverize and mix it all. And, if you leave it too long, the chia gets gelatinous which I don't find particularly pleasant. I prefer the tiny seeds since I just chug it anyway.) I find the beverage mix filling, but the process of cleaning the blender is a bit of a disincentive, especially if I've let the seeds get gelatinous and sticky. My other planned use is on top of the "no knead" artisan bread loaves.
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Chia seeds have been around for years, but few people have heard about them. I was very interested in what the author said about the benefits of eating Chia seeds and adding them to your cooking. There are several pages of recipes included.
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This book will give you an extensive background into the history of Chia seeds. I did expect a different approach. Perhaps there isn't a more detailed account of its properties. I was slightly disappointed in it as the info. i wanted could be gotten on the internet. The basic recipe and a list of health benefits are easily gotten on the internet.
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i just want to share to you that really appreciate this book, acomplete information about this amazing chia seeds. chia was introduced to me by my sister, and i was really curious to know more about the product that i am taking! and boy! i really am satisfied about the benifits of chia seeds, from it's history to it's medical wonders!
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Chia is one of the best kept seacrets in the health food field. This book gives you a complete rundown on what Chia is all about.
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