Q. What is the best way to use chia seeds?
Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Chia seeds have an oil content of approximately one third of its weight, about 80% of which is alpha-linolenic acid, making this a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. It is about 5% soluble fiber. Chia seeds are also a source of vitamins B, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and copper, and contain natural antioxidants (chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid and flavanolglycosides).
Most studies have not compared differences between ground versus whole forms of the seed. However, from this study it appears that the principle of variety should be heeded, as the ground chia seed lowered triglycerides significantly. Yet the whole seed increased HDL (the “good” cholesterol) significantly.
In other words, by utilizing the chia seed in both its whole and ground forms, may bring about greater health benefit than simply choosing one form over the other. So be creative and utilize the seed to make your meals more enjoyable!