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Chia Seeds – diet review

Posted 18th May 2017 by in



Ability to mix




Total Score

92/ 100

by Mitchell
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Chia Seeds – diet review

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Tiny black ovals, Chia seeds are something of a dietary phenomenon. They come from the salvia hispanica plant, and they be eaten raw, ground, or added to dishes of all types.

The seeds absorb a lot of water, swelling up to twelve times their size and changing from small individual seeds into gelatinous blobs.

The Promise

Chia seeds are high in protein and fat, making them an ideal addition to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. There are claims, as yet unverified, that chia seeds can work to improve heart health, especially cardio-vascular function.

They are also high in fibre, and thus are a great addition to anyone’s diet.

What We Found

Samantha is always looking for ways to eat healthier and leapt at the chance of trying chia seeds – something that she had heard a lot about, but never actually quite summoned up the courage to try out.

For her first time, she took the simplest step, sprinkling a couple of spoonfuls over her dinner. Chia is almost flavourless so the taste of her food was not altered in any way, but the seeds did add a gritty texture.She added chia seeds to her morning yoghurt, leaving it overnight to allow the seeds to absorb the moisture.

Over the next week, Samantha tried chia in a variety of ways. She quickly began to tire of the changed texture of her food, but she did find that the extra fibre worked as promised and her digestive system worked – ahem – with greater efficiency, if not actual urgency!

To try and not overdo it, Samantha settled on using chia seeds just twice a week to allow her to enjoy the benefits of the chia seeds without finding meals a trial.



There is no taste to chia seeds, which is a good thing in this case, as the seeds can be added to sweet and savoury meals with no ill effects. 100%

Ability to Mix

Chia seeds mix very well with foods and drinks of all types, no matter whether sweet, savoury or anything in between. 100%


The small seeds are light and nutty, becoming gritty when ground small, and becoming jelly-like when mixed with water. The texture is subtle but noticeable, but can become tedious when the seeds are added to every meal. 70%


100% chia seeds.


At £1.00 for 150g these chia seeds are more economical than others that can be found for up to £13.00 for 400g. It pays to shop around to make sure you find the best deal.

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