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Ch-ch-ch Chia?

My friend hands me a glass of pomegranate limeade with what looks like poppy seeds floating at the bottom.

“Wait a few minutes so they can absorb the juice,” she said. “They will grow into little jelly blobs.”

Chia seeds are the new health craze and like any new trend in diet “it has it all.” Chia has fiber and protein, which make it great for satisfying hunger. It also has omega 3 usually found in fish, so it can be a way to get the benefits if fish isn’t you thing.

A few minutes later a clear jelly coating starts to materialize around the seeds. I take a sip. The seeds don’t have any flavor just a slightly slimy texture.

After seeing bread made with Chia in my local supermarket, I decided to give it a try. The stupid things were everywhere. They can be used in almost anything you eat because they have almost no flavor, require no cooking or preparation.

Like any fad diet it’s likely to fade out, but I don’t mind getting some easy protein, fiber and omega 3. Some easy ways people eat Chia are in juice, yogurt or oatmeal.

Many grocery stores have little bags of the black seeds, but the health benefits don’t come cheap. On Amazon, a pound of Chia goes for around $13 to $15 depending on the brand.

Posted by on March 30, 2013. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.