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Laura Dolson

Have You Heard of Chia Seeds?

By September 13, 2008

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chiaChia seeds have recently been taking our Low-Carb Forum by storm, with lots of our members experimenting with new recipes for all kinds of things. Chia seeds are low in carbohydrate, and high in omega-3 fats, fiber, and other nutrients. Check out these Forum discussions and join in the discovery of chia seeds:
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September 30, 2008 at 1:42 am
(1) Kimberly Major Delaney says:

I have seen chia pets selling before the holidays but is this stuff REALLY palatable??? Inquiring minds want to know!

September 30, 2008 at 10:31 pm
(2) DJ says:

Laura and Kimberly. Chia is absolutely awesome…it has essentially no smell or flavor, so it can be added to anything…even water.

My family has been taking LifeMax…the scientist who rediscovered and has been optimizing chia for the last twenty years, Dr. Wayne Coates, is the research and development guy behind this premium product.

October 14, 2008 at 10:39 pm
(3) Sean Hannigan says:

As stated above, Lifemax has recently officially launched their product MILA. Mila, the Miracle Seed, has the highest and safest concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids, Antioxidants, Fiber and Phytonutrients of any source on the planet. It is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) and pesticide-free!

My family has been taking it for over a month now and my wife and I are extremely pleased. I did try another chia product before Lifemax and wasn’t as pleased. There is a difference in where and how the seed is cultivated.

Mila has no taste and it can be added to any food or recipe.

October 27, 2008 at 12:16 pm
(4) Dave K says:

Mila?!?! At $55.00 for a 12 oz. package for Salvia Hispanica L? Come on folks! Chia is pretty much chia! We have lots of Florida customers who are now buying our chia seed and meal products at real world prices. Chia-us.com is the place.

October 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm
(5) John says:

Not all Chia are created equal. Example , the nutritional difference from the cheap corn we feed livestock and the corn humans eat. Same thing with Chia, different strains, different growing conditions = different nutritional profiles. And the quality of the harvesting and purity of the product in the container is also a factor. A lot of the cheap chia seed available have a good amount of weed seeds and insect larvae in the the product you buy. Remember you pay for quality and you pay for nutritional potency.

November 16, 2008 at 2:55 am
(6) Craig says:

$55 for chia? Who would be stupid enough to pay that? The people at Lifemax are nuts. I pay $18 at Whole Foods for name brand chia in a jar with no weeds or bugs.

May 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(7) rudy says:

Our chia seeds are way cheaper than other online stores. Price starts at $6.32 a pound

May 11, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(8) chia seeds says:

Here at hidalgofoods.com our chia seeds is the cheapest in the market. A pound is only $6.32

July 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm
(9) Becky says:

I’m sorry, but I have to agree that paying for “premium” chia is pretty stupid. I have been using chia seed–a good brand and quality, I think–from my local health food store here in CA and feel I have really benefited from incorporating it into my diet. I refuse to let this simple seed become an obsessive extreme in my attempts to eat healthfully by searching out “ultra quality” overinflated elitist-priced brands claiming extreme results when I can eat a few tablespoons of wonderful salvia hispanica (chia) every day and look and feel great! Keep it simple, stupid!

August 8, 2009 at 8:37 am
(10) Margaret says:

For more information about chia seeds, and some recipe ideas, check out my website: http://www.chiativity.org

September 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm
(11) Tim says:

Another good source Chia seed is nutsonline.com @ 6.99 per lbs. But the more pounds you buy the lower the price. I always get fresh nuts and fast shipping from them. Outstanding online company.

January 18, 2011 at 12:07 am
(12) Derryle says:

cheapest price for chea seeds is $5 a lb and can be found on line at get chia and it cost no more to order 5lbs then if you ordered 10 or more and you get free shipping

January 18, 2011 at 12:19 am
(13) Derryle says:

you can find the cheapest chia seeds at chia.com.Only cost $5 for a 5lb bag and cost no more if you order more and you get free shipping and handling

July 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm
(14) Nikki says:

This website is a great place to buy a chia cereal. They are each individually packaged and the product taste great! http://www.premahealthfoods.com

August 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm
(15) Bright Shadow says:

“Mila?!?! At $55.00 for a 12 oz. package for Salvia Hispanica L? Come on folks! Chia is pretty much chia! We have lots of Florida customers who are now buying our chia seed and meal products at real world prices. Chia-us.com is the place.” Quote from David, K

First note that David sells his own Chia, from his own provided website…

What most people don’t realize when it comes to foods, especially foods like this, is that location matters. Different nutrients are found in different geographic zones and even sub areas within a zone.

I haven’t yet tried Mila, however the reason they are superior is that they use the highest nutrient rich seeds from zones and put that together to provide the long list of vitamins, and Omega-3 content.

Normally with chia seeds its important to break open the seeds so they are more available to your digestive system. This however would allow the precious oils to escape if sold in this form. Lifemax (makers of Mila) use a secret specially designed slicing machine to preserve the oils yet provide it to you in the best condition for eating. Imagine trying to design such a machine when the seeds are only 2mm long and 1 and 1/3mm wide.

And yes if your eating whole chia seeds right now you should stop and crush them or chew them thoroughly like the Aztecs no doubt did.

February 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm
(16) Julie says:

I have taken Mila for over a year and it is by far the best thing I’ve ever done for my health. I’d pay $100/ bag if I had to….

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