Chia is a good source of protein and dietary fiber.

Introducing Chia Seed & Giveaway

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101
Chia is a good source of protein and dietary fiber.

Chia is a good source of protein and dietary fiber.

Over the years, we have received many requests for chia seed and we are happy to announce that we are now producing black chia seed. Chia has been recognized by health professionals worldwide for being an excellent source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Chia contains the same amount of Omega-3 as Flaxseed Meal, but does not need to be ground before consuming to reap the benefits.

The seeds of the Chia plant are small, about the size of poppy seeds, and range in color from silvery white to black. Our chia seed is mostly black, but contains some white seeds throughout. They make a great addition to salads, breads, hot cereal, and yogurt. A traditional staple of the Inca and Mayan peoples, chia was consumed by mixing the seeds with agua fresca or juice and taken as a ritual in the morning to power them through the day.

The soluble fiber in  chia seed produces a gel-like substance when combined with water. This gel takes longer to digest in the stomach, which keeps you feeling full longer. We’ve done some experimenting with chia seed here and have found the gel works well as an egg replacer in baked goods. Chia seed is naturally gluten free, but is not being packaged in our gluten free facility.

Giveaway:

To celebrate chia, I’m giving away 30 packages of chia seed to my lucky readers.

There are 30 chances to win and three ways to enter,  so here’s how to increase your odds:

Blog: In the comment section below, tell me what you’d like to know about chia and we’ll not only enter you in the contest, but try our best to get an answer for you.  I’ll select 10 winners randomly from all those who post on our blog by Monday, 02/08 at 5 pm Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on Tuesday!

Facebook: Post a comment/question  on our Facebook page (to make sure you don’t get missed, please use “Chia Contest” somewhere in your comment), 10 winners will be randomly selected from all Facebook entrants. I’ll select 10 winners randomly from all those who post on our facebook page by Monday, 02/08 at 5 pm Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on Tuesday!

Twitter: Tweet a comment/question to us: @bobs_red_mill (use #chia to tag it), 10 winners will be randomly selected from all Twitter entrants. I’ll select 10 winners randomly from all those who send us a tweet by Monday, 02/08 at 5 pm Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on Tuesday!

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92 Responses to “Introducing Chia Seed & Giveaway”

  1. Doesn’t grinding chia diminish its nutrient content? What about thermal preparation such as baking–won’t that do something to the Omega-3s? I love using it, just wondering how much value other than additional fiber I’m adding…

    • Ellie: Whenever you grind something some nutritional content is lost, it’s the nature of the beast. Depending on how and when you grind Chia Seed, however, you can retain almost all of the fiber, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and vitamins. We recommend a coffee grinder and using them immediately after grinding for the best nutritional profile. The great thing about Chia is that it does not need to be ground. You can eat the whole seeds, intact and your body can break them down for you. Our seeds are whole, not ground.

  2. In my opinion there is no difference between black and white chia seeds. It has helped me deal with the side effects of the thyroid medication that I have taken.

  3. I have just started eating Chia Seeds and I am pretty pleased with the way I have been feeling lately! I usually keep it simple and either pour Chia seeds directly into my water bottles (weird consistency, but easy to get down), or I sprinkle them on oatmeal/yogurt/or salad! They are often rather expensive and sometimes not made on gluten free facilities, yet I did find some GNC coupons as well as some brands there that guarantee they are manufactured/packed in Gluten Free facilities!

  4. Last week’s Dr. Oz show included a segment on Chia Seeds and a recipe for a no fat added, no egg, muffin recipe. They had great nutritional value with very low calories. I plan to look up the recipe on his website as soon as I stop by Bob’s Red Mill store for my Chia Seeds.

  5. I have heard the chia seeds are good for hair loss so have wanted to try them out.
    Love your products so much,
    Jan