Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Research Notes On Chia Seed

Here are my notes from the research I did as well as links to information and where to purchase Chia seed. There are many places selling the seed but they are way overpriced!

My Notes:
Rich Loomis noted that one pound of chia measures out to approximately 42 tablespoons, thus 10 pounds equals 420 daily measures. At the link below [Natural Remi-Teas], 50 lbs (nearly six years of healthy survival) can be purchased for only $225.

If one were to purchase a larger amount, it would be best to repackage it in smaller packages complete with oxygen absorbers and vacuum sealed. Perhaps double packed by sealing in mylar as well. One of the links I read stated it had a shelf life of about 2 years.

You can mix seeds in water (bottled or distilled, not tap) and add sugar, lemon or lime juice to make a drink known in Latin America as "chia fresca."

One tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours.
When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel.

 4.3 protein for black seed and 5.17 protein for white seed, 6.52 fiber for black seed and 5.52 fiber for white seed and 0 cholesterol for the both kinds of seeds. I suspect this measured in grams as no measure was given.

Feeding chia seeds to chickens enriches their meat with omega-3s and make their eggs rich with it also. If fed to dairy cattle it will have the same effect on the milk produced.

The high protein and lipid contents in the Chia seeds are one of the many reasons why the seed is helpful for controlling diabetes naturally. The seed is also very effective for controlling the blood sugar levels in our body. It seems to slow the uptake of carbohydrates from the digestive system.

Chia seeds are ideal for edible seeds, for survival food storage, for salad sprouts, for gardening, for cooking and more.

Some side effects
It can lower the blood pressure in your body, especially if you are someone in an upper age group.  Chia seeds are capable of lowering the blood pressure to a dangerous level. Check with your doctor if you plan to use Chia seeds and are taking blood pressure medicine.

If you are on a regimen of B-17, then you should be cautious before taking the seeds. You may overload your system.

People who take blood thinners like warfarin should exclude this from their diet as Chia seeds increases the risk for bleeding.

Chia test one.
I added 1 tbsp of chia seed to about 12 ozs of Sunny Delight orange drink. I let it sit overnight (4:00pm - 10:17am) in the fridge to gel up. I guess I will be the first test subject. While I was mixing this up Neo came out of his room and said "what? you going to add that to beer?" as I had an open one on the counter. Uh, no thanks. I have been stirring it frequently as the seeds tend to drift to the bottom although some float on the top.

Update: 2/19/11 10:17am. I have drank the mixture after stirring it up. It was like drinking pulpy orange juice. Any taste the seeds may have had was overwhelmed by the orange flavor. I will have a small breakfast to go with it.

Chia test two.
I will bake some potatoes and make some gravy, sprinkling the chia seeds over the potato. I will use 1/2 tbsp.
All 3 of us will be the test subjects this time.

Chia test three.
Try my hand at making some of the "Chia Fresca" as a pre home departure drink for the beginning of the week.

Chia test four.
Mix the Chia (1 tbsp) with some peanut butter and form it into bite sized balls. These would be good covered in chocolate.

Are you trying this yourself?
What are doing to test it?


Articles
Chia Seed - The Ancient Food of the Future
http://www.living-foods.com/articles/chia.html

Salvia hispanica (Chia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica

Chia Seed FAQ
http://www.mychiaseeds.com/myseedsfaq.html

Chia Seeds.us
http://www.chiaseeds.us/

What Is Chia?
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA365093/Chia-for-Health.html

Chia Seeds for Weight Loss
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/chia-seeds-for-weight-loss/

Chia seeds for diabetic diets
http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/17801/chia-seeds/

Natural News.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/chia_seeds.html

Chia Seed  -  Ten Benefits from this Power Food and Brain Food
http://icreatewisdom.com/chiaseed.html

Black (Salvia) vs White (Salba) seeds
http://www.dancingalgae.com/chiaseedsblackorwhitepagetwo.html

Stores
NutsOnline
1 Pound Bag: $6.99 per lb
http://www.nutsonline.com/cookingbaking/chia-seeds/premium.html

The Raw Food World   
Chia Seeds 1 lb (Chemical Free) $6.95
http://www.therawfoodworld.com/index.php?cPath=100148_100166

Amazon.com
2 lbs $12.48
http://www.amazon.com/Chia-Seeds-2-Pounds/dp/B000WV0RW8

Natural Remi-Teas
$5.00 per lbs
http://www.naturalremi-teas.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=NR&Product_Code=Chia1lb&Category_Code=CS1pound

Get Chia, LLC
55 Pound Chia Seed (ONE - 55 POUND SACK) - FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA $245.00
http://getchia.myshopify.com/products/55-pound-chia-seed

As you can see the last two store are the most likely candidates to purchase from. I don't know what it costs to ship 55lbs but it most likely is near the $20 mark.

Stay tuned, as we have not heard all from Rich Loomis.

"Magic of Chia : Revival of an Ancient Wonder Food by James F. Scheer"

Update: 2/19/11 1:15pm. I ate a small 2" wide section of a submarine sandwich for lunch. Not sure if I was really hungry or if it was force of habit and my tastebuds squawking for entertainment. I don't feel the need to eat any more food for the moment though.

10 comments:

  1. ...thanx fer the linx Brother Scout,my first pound should be here early/mid week,experiments to follow,anyway,if this pans out,a couple five/ten pounder will be stored by spring(gonna shop more)...no real dent financially for a huge piece of mind huh?
    ...even got the Mrs interested,which is a win,win...here's to follow up posts,can't wait...

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    1. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. May read this article about Chia seeds at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/chia-seeds-is-the-most-extremely-versatile-superfood-and-vegetarian-supply-of-omega-3/

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  2. Because of your article, I grabbed some chia seeds. I just mix them with water, wait a few hours until they have jelled, then drink it without mixing it with anything. Not really much taste.

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  3. Ken, glad the Mrs. is on board with you. It sure makes things easier when the spouse is like minded.

    Anonymous, let us know your results, I am feeling that I need to do some controlled testing as I got sick half way through the weekend and didn't really follow up with the planned testing. Also, I need to order more seed as the amount I have on hand won't really allow a good test period.

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  4. Not sure how 68 calories by itself is supposed to get you through the day?

    http://www.mychiaseeds.com/NutritionFactsChia.html

    Serving Size: 1 tablespoon or about 10 grams (dry seeds)
    Servings per container: about 44
    Every gelled 1 tbsp of MySeeds Chia makes 9 tbsp of chia gel.
    Calories per serving: 68
    Total Fat/Oils 4.5 g (6% Daily value)
    The oil in MySeeds is the healthy Omega-3 oil, most often found in fish such as salmon and cod-liver.
    Saturated fat <1g
    Trans Fat 0
    Cholesterol 0
    Sodium 2.5 mg
    Carbohydrates 6g (2% Daily Value
    Dietary Fiber 5.5 g (21% Daily Value)
    Sugars 0
    Protein 2g

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  5. That is a good observation. Perhaps it helps the body to metabolize stored fat?

    I seemed to eat just as much during my one day test as normal. I for one would like to get off the current medications I take and that is my interest beyond using it as a survival food.

    It seems more research and testing is in order.

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  6. i bourgt five pounds from remi-seeds. they say put a 1/3 rd cup of seeds in 2 cups water, stir then wait 15 min and stir again now it will be gell. then take 3 tbsp of gell 3 times a day. i am on my first day and dont feel any diffrent and im sure that is to be. i am going to try and stick with it for weight loss and to lower my blood pressure and just better health all around. my weight today was 210 pounds. i will try and weigh in every day for a couple weeks to help in the testing of these seeds.

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  7. also my age is 49, 3rd year non smoker, do some walking and bike riding in the summer. live if snow coverd southeast iowa.

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  8. I just started chia seeds three days ago and really like them. Not only do I stay full longer but it has cut any cravings and I was drinking 2 32oz of pop and has cut down to maybe a half of a 32oz it makes me to full. It said it would give you energy and that has not happened so so far I love them

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