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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for you, Good brand, Fresh., September 10, 2012
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This review is from: Spectrum Essentials Chia Seeds, 12 Ounce (Grocery)
Chia seeds are very healthy and can be added to just about any foods & recipes (tastes a little like nutty cracked pepper). I trust and like both Spectrum and Nutiva brand (Nutiva Organic White Chia Seeds, 14-Ounce, 2-Count Pouches) because they offer quality as well as full disclosure of where & when their products were packaged/harvested. I have never got a "bad" or rancid batch of chia seeds from either company, no problems at all with Spectrum. I buy many spectrum products, have for many years, and never have had problems with any of them. Always fresh. I've purchased Spectrum chia locally and Nutiva chia here on Amazon.com.

The price of Chia Seeds has gone up as much as 300% (most brands) in the last 18 months due to popularity and is expected to rise even more very soon. This Spectrum 12 oz bag seems to be the lowest price I've seen on Amazon lately. Personally I'm going to stock up since the prices are going so high so fast. If you want to eat chia daily I advise others do the same if you can afford to. Waiting will most likely just mean you'll pay more later. They can be frozen for long term storage, or vacuum sealed.

I add chia seeds to my husbands meat dishes to give him the added nutrients and antioxidants he does not get otherwise.
I add chia to just about all foods I eat, just a little in everything. I sprinkle them over Salads and Veggies like cracked pepper.

I've added Chia Seeds to the following recipes/foods with great results:
Oatmeal
Meat Loaf & Meatballs (regular meat or tofu)
Sauces & Gravies
Baked Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, Pastries
Ice Creams, Sherbets, Sorbets
Soups
Scrambled Eggs & Omelets
Bread Crumbs

Use just a little and you can barely taste them (good for a start).
Use a bit more and it will have a nutty peppery flavor.
For example, I have to mix at least 1/2 cup of Chia seeds per 7 pounds of ground meat before my husband will even begin to taste it.
Keep in mind the idea of eating Chia seeds is not so much for the flavor as it is for the nutrients.

If you grind the Chia seeds to a powder (using a coffer grinder or similar) this will release the nutrients and give you more benefit from them.

Studies have shown adding Chia seeds to your daily diet can help fight cancer, boost your immune system, and flush toxins from your body.

For those who want to (or need to) eat a grain-free diet, Chia seeds are not considered to be a true "cereal" grain, and therefore is an acceptable "grain" or seed to eat if you're on a Paleo or similar diet.

Chia seeds are high in protein (it's a complete protein), omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, boron (for bone health), fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.

WARNING: While Chia seeds are known to have many health benefits, some studies show that chia, like flax seed, can cause prostate problems with men. My husband has seen the bad side affects of flax seed (swollen prostate), but none from chia yet. Some studies suggest not just swelling, but cancer is a risk for men. I'm not fully convinced chia seeds can cause prostate cancer (in the quantity we eat them) but this is something you may want to consider if you're a man or cooking for a man. I'm doing more and more research on it and will update here if I find out more.
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