Benefits of Chia Seeds and How They Differ From Sabja Seeds

Chia Seeds


About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the seeds of the plant Salvia hispanica.

They are tiny seeds that come in white, grey, brown and black colors. The seeds have a mottled design on the seed coat. These seeds were used by the ancient Aztec and Mayan warriors during combat times as a survival food. Hence it is also called a wonder food. The ancient running messengers also used it as an energy food and so it is also called the "Indian Running Food".

Chia seeds can be used whole or ground, in any way. They can be added to yogurt, smoothies, soups, juices like those of oranges, sprinkled on salads or foods or added to baked goods like muffins, cookies etc. It can even be added to water, stirred a couple of times to break the clumps of seeds that form together. In about 15 minutes it forms a gel. This gel can be drunk as it is.

Limitations to its use only exist in lack of ideas. The seeds have a very mild nutty flavor.

Watch How Basil Seeds (Sabja Seeds) Swell And Form A Gel

Chia Seeds And Basil Seeds (Sabja Seeds)

There is a lot of confusion regarding these two very similar seeds. Though they are very similar in size, basil seeds are always black in color. Also, these swell much faster in water.

Basil seeds belong to the sweet basil plant, of the Basil family. In India, basil seeds are known as sabja seeds and other names like tukhamaria, takmaria, falooda etc.

To the right is a beautiful video that shows how within a few minutes, the sabja seeds swell to a form a gel. Do watch it.

A Better Option For Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Chia seeds are much easier to use than flax as they can be used whole while flax seeds have to be ground fresh to avoid them going rancid. Rancidity is not a problem with chia seeds as the seeds remain very stable and have antioxidants in them that prevent them from going rancid. Therefore, they have a much longer shelf life than flax seeds. Just store them in a cool and dry place.

Chia seeds also are pesticide free as pesticides are not sprayed on the plant. Pests and insects do not attack this plant.

Fish has chances of mercury poisoning and heavy metals too. Some people are vegetarian so can't eat fish while some others are allergic to fish.

Hence, chia seeds are a better option than either flax seeds or fish to get omega-3 essential fatty acids.

2 months old Chia Plant
2 months old Chia Plant | Source

Chia Plant

Chia belongs to the mint family and is native to Central and Southwest Mexico & Guatemala. The plant is grown for its omega 3 fatty acid rich seeds. The seeds yield about 34% of oil. Chia oil has 64 % omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia is grown commercially in Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, Bolivia, Australia and Equador. Australia is the leading producer of chia seeds.

Benefits Of Chia Seeds

  • Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds.
  • Seeds have 20% protein, 34 % dietary fiber, high levels of antioxidants.
  • Gluten free and have low sodium.
  • Stay fresh for very long
  • High in calcium and potassium.
  • Very hydrophilic in nature. They hold about 10 times their weight of water.
  • Easy to digest.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Versatile with a very mild taste.
  • Very healthy and benefits in many diseases.

Nutrients In Chia Seeds (Source:USDA)

Value per 100.0g
1 oz / 228.35g
Total Lipid (Fat)
Carbohydrate, by difference
Total Dietary Fiber

Minerals in Chia Seeds (Source:USDA)

Value per 100.0g
1 oz/28.35g
Calcium, Ca
Iron, Fe
Magnesium, Mg
Phosphorus, P
Potassium, K
Sodium, Na
Zinc, Zn

Vitamins in Chia Seeds (Source:USDA)

Value per 100.0g
1 oz/28.35g
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
Vitamin B-12
micro mg
Vitamin A, IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

Lipids in Chia Seeds (Source:USDA)

Value per 100.0g
1 oz/28.35g
Fatty acids, total saturated
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

Chia Pet

chia pets are earthern figurines that are made for sprouting chia seeds.
chia pets are earthern figurines that are made for sprouting chia seeds. | Source

Chia Pets

As chia seeds form a sticky gel when they come in contact with moisture, it is difficult to sprout them in conventional sprouting jars. They are sprouted on chia pets which are earthernware figurines made specially for this purpose.

Chia Seed Health Benefits


Avoiding fats is not the right way to reduce cholesterol as our body needs fat and cholesterol to function properly. Eating the right kind of foods is.

The high levels of omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, lower the LDL and raise the HDL levels. It is believed that the action of omega-3 fatty acids is almost at par with the statins that are given for this purpose.

Chia seeds contain long chain trigycerides which are large molecules that help to brush off the cholesterol deposits from the arterial walls.

Also the anti inflammatory action of chia seeds, keeps the blood vessels dilated thus reducing risk of heart disease.


Chia seed coat has soluble fiber. This soluble fiber is, however, different from that in flax seeds and oats in that it is hydrophilic in nature and can absorb water, almost 10 times it weight.

The resultant gel in the digestive system creates a sort of barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes. This results in slower conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.

Due to this sugar levels in the blood don't spike and this benefits in regulating blood sugar levels.

Weight Loss

The soluble fiber in chia seeds forms a gel in the stomach and along with the insoluble fiber this adds roughage and bulk. Since the gel slows down digestion and movement of food, it causes the feeling of fullness to last longer thus controlling hunger and overeating.

Also, as the carbohydrates are slowly absorbed, the normal spike and fall in sugar levels are avoided. Steady blood sugar levels keep hunger at bay for a longer period of time. A slow release of nutrients help in maintaining energy levels for a longer period.

All these factors together control overeating and lead to weight loss.

Energy & Weight Loss With Chia Smoothie

Runners and Athletes

The hydrophilic property of chia seeds forms a gel in the digestive system. Carbohydrates are digested slowly and blood sugar levels tend to not only spike less but crash less too. Blood sugar level dips are the cause of dizziness and reduced performance in athletes. Since the carbohydrates are absorbed and released slowly blood sugar levels are maintained at a constant level over longer periods.

Because of the hydrophilic nature of chia seeds, the gel holds an enormous amount of water keeping the body hydrated much longer. Retention of moisture enables the body to absorb nutrients better while at the same time the electrolyte balance is also maintained.

All these give the athlete who is competing in races or marathons an extra edge, as his endurance is increased.


Chia seeds are a very rich source of calcium having 3 to 6 times the calcium found in milk. The presence of boron helps in the absorption and assimilation of calcium.


Neurotransmitters are chemicals that process and transfer information from nerve cells to other cells. Balanced neurotransmitters and stable neurotransmitter receptor sites ensure good sleep. Factors like stress, faulty nutrition, lack of exercise and consumption of stimulants like tea, coffee, alcohol, drugs cause imbalance of these neurotransmitters and their receptor sites.

Emotional factors like anxiety and depression also are a result of disturbed neurotransmitter levels.

To sleep well, 4 essential neurotransmitters are dopamine, GABA, norepinephrine and serotonin. When we exercise, these calming neurotransmitters are released. consuming 5 to 10 grams of protein from superfoods like chia seeds corrects this imbalance by forming healthy neurotransmitters.

Chia seeds contain tryptophan that is converted to serotonin, melatonin and dimethyltryptamine which bring on good sleep.

Chia seeds can be soaked in water for 15 -20 minutes to form a gel. To this some berries and honey can be added. this makes a drink that is a great aid in getting sound sleep.

How Much Chia Seeds To Consume?

Studies indicate that for adults 2 tablespoons (about 20 grams) of chia seeds mixed in a glass of water and kept for 20 minutes and stirred a couple of times to break the clumping of seeds, make enough gel to last 1 day.

Children can be given 1 tablespoon chia seeds per day.

Chia Seeds Allergy

Some people may exhibit some allergic reactions to chia seeds; especially those who are allergic to mustard or sesame seeds need to be more cautious when consuming these seeds.

Some reactions that may be observed are :

  • The formation of gel in the stomach can cause fullness of stomach. Those with existing digestive issues may find this uncomfortable.
  • Since the gel formed by the chia seeds slows down the digestive process, some medications may be absorbed more slowly. Those taking medications for blood pressure, heart disease and the like should keep this in mind.
  • Chia thins blood so those on blood thinners also need to take this into account.
  • Though no untoward effects have been noted in healthy people, pregnant and nursing mothers should check with their doctor, the safety of consuming chia seeds.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I didn't know you could eat them! Where do you find this information? Great stuff as always, Rajan! You are a fountain of useful knowledge and I thank you for the continuing education!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I will have to give this a look--can you just cook with them?

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Rock_nj 4 years ago from New Jersey

Interesting! Voted Up! My wife started putting Chia seeds in milk shakes, and I was wondering why on Earth digesting Chia seeds makes sense. You just answered my question. Thanks! Please pass the Chia seeds! Much better than fish oil, which as you point out could contain heavy metals and has in may cases been found to contain these bad constituents.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Bill, glad you like these healthy food hubs of mine. I appreciate your visits and comments. Thank you.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Audrey, yes of course, you can add them to any dish you want.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Rock_nj, Glad you found this hub answering a few queries you had. thanks for sparing time to read and comment.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow I had no idea.. what a great hub.. I love your hubs they are so informative..

I will share


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Ahh I had Chia pets!! Now I wish I would have let the sprouts grow into full plants! Hmm... maybe I should get a chia pet for my 3 year old ^_^ fantastic hub, I love all the things you teach us. Voted and shared.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Deborah, I'm glad you enjoy reading these healthy food hubs of mine. Thanks for stopping by and sharing it too.

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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Hey Rajan, I guess I'll start eating my chia pet! I had no idea that chia seeds were even edible! Thanks again for a well researched article that is so well done. Voted up!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Kim, a chia pet would looks so wonderful! I guess children would love them. I'm so glad you like these hubs.

Thanks for reading, appreciating and sharing.

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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

It's great to know about the useful properties of Chia seeds, prior to this, i never thought of any substitute for Omega 3 Fatty acids, very much useful hub, thanks.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Tremendous potential and rich in essential proteins and Omega-3. I just wonder how Mayas and Aztecs knew of their benefits. There must've been some kind of knowledge that started from a source. Great hub for all of us Rajan! Sharing

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amanthkr01 4 years ago from India

These indeed a very informational hub. You have very lucidly explained the various health benefits of chia seeds along with their nutritional status.

Voting this hub up and sharing with the followers.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ ehealer - Thanks for finding this hub useful Deborah. Appreciate your visit and comments.

@ Girish - thank you.

@ Lord - I think the ancient civilizations ere far ahead of us in technology and science. After their extinction we are rediscovering these things which were known to them.

Thanks for coming by. And the sharing too.

@ Aman - Glad you liked it. Nice to see a new reader. Thanks for sharing.

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JCielo 4 years ago from England

Hi Rajan! In terms of omega-3 fatty acids you're so right to highlight the fact that chia seeds can be stored whole and not have to be ground. Pulverizing seeds breaks the protective outer shell which leads to oxidization which then damages the highly perishable omega-3 fats.

Wonderful hub yet again. Voted up, useful and shared.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Interesting facts and details. I haven't seen Chia seeds..maybe it's only on India?

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Never had a clue. Great information and opened up a whole new way of thinking. This is a great hub and worthy of voting up, bookmarking and sharing. Thanks for providing this information for us with great photos.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I don't think I have ever seen Chia seeds in the health stores but I will start to look out for them. It may be that they get more popular after this hub Rajan :o)

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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Found this completely fascinating. I avoid dairy so have a hard time getting calcium and a hard time sleeping so will try to add these to my smoothie. It already tastes terrible so I'm not worried about altering the flavor. Where do you find chia seeds? Voted up and shared with my followers.

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Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

Thanks for the great information.

Sometime back I tried searching for Chia in India but was informed that it is not easily available. Is it only through import or do we have any local variations too?

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manatita44 4 years ago from london

I have tasted them Rajan, from a friend. I need to buy some soon. Yes. I read of their amazing properties from time to time.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

John - Thanks for appreciating this hub.

spy - India imports chia seeds. You might one in health stores around your place.

Carol - glad to provide some new info. Appreciate the read, bookmark and sharing.

Jools - thanks for such kind words. I think health stores should carry them. Appreciate your read and comments.

healthylife - glad you are thinking of using these. They should be available at health food stores. Amazon does have it though. But I'm not sure if one can order it from here.

Harsha - India imports these. The local variation is sabja. Has almost the same nutrients. Thanks for reading.

manatita - Nice to know you are aware of these seeds. They indeed have some amazing benefits.

Thanks for commenting.

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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Another very resourceful article rajan, from the reading, it is obvious that Chia seeds have a lot of benefits. I like the information that you can make a drink of Chia seeds mixed with favorite mix like honey to help with calming neurotransmitters for sound sleep. Voted up, useful and shared.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Absolutely, right dwachira. Chia seeds pack a big punch for something so tiny. Thanks for appreciating the write up. Thanks for reading, giving the vote up and passing it on.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for this very informative and interesting hub. Had heard about these seeds but didn't know too much about them. Great videos. Passing this on.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Gypsy, chia seeds are available at health food stores. Nice to know you like the information. Thanks for reading and passing it forward. Thank you.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

And I thought Chia seeds were just for pets! Wow, I'm going to have to go look for these guys, what great properties they have. You always provide us with such helpful and healthy information. Keep 'em coming Rajan.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is a very informative hub about chia seeds. I haven't tried them, but have always kept flax seeds in the refrigerator and grind small amounts at a time. I will try the chia seeds as they sound so simple. Very useful hub.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ tillsontitan - I'm glad you liked the info. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@ Pamela - chia seeds need not be kept in the fridge. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Never even considered including chia seeds in my diet. I did not know it had so many benefits. Great hub, thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Yet another informative hub. I have seen sabja seeds, even had them in my 'falooda' but didn't know they had these amazing properties. I want to try a different breakfast food, so in addition to bread and oats I think now I'll start making a healthy breakfast with chia seeds.

Do you remember seeing these seeds in falooda? I have found them to be green in colour. Can you please enlighten me on this? I have heard that falooda is made of a variety of things the main among them being these sabja seeds. Would appreciate an explanation from you if possible.

Thanks a lot for the wonderful information. Sharing and tweeting as always. Cheers, Rema.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I actually had a Chia drink the other day and am glad to know that not only was it delicious but that it had healthy properties as well. Voting this Up and Useful.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Nithya - thank you. Appreciate your visit.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Rema. Sabja is the Indian version of chia seeds having almost similar benefits. And yes we in India use sabja seeds in falooda icecream. Also, in Mumbai, the vendors selling ice golas in summer add sabja to the sharbet they made for dipping the gola. As a child I loved the golas but especially the seeds of the sabja. Not knowing at that time the various health benefits. Sabja seeds are somewhat greyish black.

It's always a pleasure to see you here and many thanks for all the sharing, Rema.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Aurelio,

Is the chia drink easily in the US? Sabja seeds are almost similar to chia seeds. I hope you saw the the first video ! Its amazing !

I'm glad you liked the information. Thanks for reading and giving votes.

jatin 4 years ago

While subja seeds are from same mint family, how can we attribute chia seeds benfits to sabja seeds as well. Has anyone really analysed fat content and omega 3 portion of sabja seeds? I recently got chia seeds from USA with the help of friend. They are quite expensive compared to Sabja. We need to know authoritative nutrient profile of sabja seeds to make switch and also recommend to others.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Jatin, none of the nutrient value of chia is being attributed to sabja in this article. My short write up just shows what sabja is. The video is just to show how fast it swells in water.

It would interest you to check the link I'm giving here. There is some practical info here which might interest you.

You will also get an answer to whether, costly is better! Just read through all the comments.

Thanks for visiting and appreciate your comments.

Jatin 4 years ago

Thanks Rajan for prompt reply. I am aware of the link, all comments and gentleman in person as well. I was more keen on omega 3 levels in Sabja seeds, which is nowhere available and shall remain unanswered unless Indian research institute on food and nutrition like the one in Hyderabad takes lead. The product can then be lifted as having good market potential as cash crop. I decide to consume chia until my stock lasts and then switch to Sabja :-)

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Absolutely, Jatin and I should think from these preliminary reports that sabja would not lag far behind in nutritional value if a proper nutrient analysis is done by a competent lab. It would surely be a boon to Indians as sabja is very cheap compared to chia seeds.

I remember consuming sabja everyday, in the ice golas that the roadside vendors used to make back then, during my school and college days in Mumbai.

Well lets hope that day is not far off.

Thanks for reading.

rekha 4 years ago

hi Rajan,what is chia seeds in hindi?

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Rekha, chia does not grow in India. I'm not aware of the hindi name if there is one. However the closest to chia we have here is Sabja and I have written about it here.

Thanks for reading.

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

I must come here and read more often. Every time I do I find out much I do not know. I have never heard of chia seeds but do understand why they are called a wonder food.

thank you for sharing this detailed information with us.

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Patricia. Glad to provide you with some new and useful information. Certainly appreciate your comments and visit. Thank you.

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ct92 3 years ago from Denmark

Thanks for a long and great hub.

So much information, and so good!

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Caroline, I'm glad you like the info.

Thanks for stopping by.

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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland

I never knew why people ate these types of seeds, but I know it would be great to incorporate with my daily oatmeal intake. Voted up!

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

They are healthy shin rock! And certainly would add to the health value of your oatmeal diet. Thanks for reading.

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Mitch Alan 3 years ago from South Jersey

I add a tablespoon of Chia seeds to spinach, kale, banana, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, almonds and flax seeds and make a smoothie every morning in the NutriBullet. I also add them to soups and stews to add nutients and as a natural thickener. They can also be added to meatloaf, breads, salads and so much more. Great Hob. Very informative. Keep Hubbing.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Wow Mitch Alan! that's a lot of good healthy stuff in the smoothie. you really know many ways of using chia seeds. Thanks for your input and read.

kettergirl 3 years ago

how do you use chia seeds for weight loss and when do you take it for sleep

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

kettergirl, you can take 1 teaspoon of gelatinized chia seeds (chia seeds soaked in water overnight) mixed in milk or any fruit juice morning and evening.

Barb 3 years ago

I know gluten is what holds the flour intact when bread is made..... is there a way to use chia in a glutinous form to mix with something that can create a healthier home-made bread? just wondering.....

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Barb, well frankly, I have no idea. Appreciate your visit. Thanks.

rekha bhayana 2 years ago

can we grind the chia seeds(sabja seeds) to be used in the rotis.because it is the easieest way. is sabja or chia the same thing. my email address is do answer me.

Prubjoat 2 years ago

Rajan, it was nice of you to share such a well written article.

for Rekha Bhayana - why don't you, just try it the rotis and check for yourself, it wont harm if you do try. Also as i read in this article Sabja and Chia are similar but not same, they may be at par with its contents and nutrients or one may be better than otherm but both are great! Enjoy them anyway.

Cheers to all.

Rajan - Thanks again. Even I remember having it in sherbats and golas in Mumbai in my childhood :)

Have a wonderful life, buddy


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Prubjoat - thanks for the appreciative comments. my friend. I appreciate your reading my article. Thanks again.

Munirvana 2 years ago

excellent article! Always confused between Chia & Sabja! Nutritionally it seems there is very lil difference! Laughed when I saw how suddenly this stuff we used to eat as kids is now a super food

Dev 17 months ago

Hi Rajan, very informative post, though I am reading it two years later. But I am wondering why nobody has actually done some certified tests on the key factor that makes Chia seeds much sought after: its content of omega-3 and related fatty acids. We are all guessing that the two seeds may be close in nutrients, but really they may be very different at least in this factor. What I see is some people taking advantage of the confusion and trying to sell Sabja at a very inflated price taking advantage of the international publicity on Chia seeds which are actually from a very distinct plant. So, while people are minting money by charging four times or more of the Indian physical market price on special online marketplaces, nobody seems to take an interest in investing in the proper tests on the key factors. Not even the government bodies and NGO's, which should be concerned about cheap nutrition for the poor, and consumer fraud. Or is this an unholy conspiracy to make sure the facts remain hidden so that a few people can rake in big moolah and the consumer majority pay like bakra's as usual? Maybe you have uncovered some more of the pertinent details by now.

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