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!
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?
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1 Pound Bag: $6.99 per lb
The Raw Food World
Chia Seeds 1 lb (Chemical Free) $6.95
2 lbs $12.48
$5.00 per lbs
Get Chia, LLC
55 Pound Chia Seed (ONE - 55 POUND SACK) - FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA $245.00
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.
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