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Chia

Other names: chia seeds
Spanish name: Chia

Chia is sold in seed form from the herb S. hispanicum.  The seed is very high in Omega 3's as well as protein and fiber.  Chia became most famous in the U.S. in the 1980's when Chia Pets were sold.  Chia pets were small terracotta animal figures with grooves which housed the chia seeds.  The figure is watered and the chia seeds sprouted giving the creature a living "green" coat.  The image displayed shows an animal figure with sprouted chia.

Today Chia is used in whole seed form as well as ground.  Chia can be added to cereals, smoothies, salad dressings and even pudding style desserts.


Chia Pet® Joseph Enterprises

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Substitute for chia

As a fiber source, try psyllium. For a source of Omega-3's use flax seed. As a garnish, use poppy seed or sesame seed.

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Nutrition Facts
(USDA#12006)
Serving Size
1 oz (28.35 grams)
Calories
139
Total Fat
9g
  Saturated Fat
1g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
5mg
Potassium
45mg
Total Carbohydrates
12g
  Dietary Fiber
11g
  Sugars
0g
Protein
4g
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