Nutiva Chia Seed Review

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

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Nutiva Chia Seed is an organic variety of an ancient superfood. Some consider the chia seed one of the healthiest foods on the planet supplying fiber, omega 3 fatty acids and a nutrient profile unlike any other seed. Chia’s take like nuts, but they are not a member of the nut family. The Nutiva Chia Seed, and other similar varieties, are more closely related to the flax seed than other seeds, but there are some differences between the two. Flax seeds must be ground for the body to absorb the nutrients, but chia seeds are ready to eat. Chia is also higher in antioxidants than flax seeds so the seeds can be kept at room temperature for long periods without spoiling.

List of Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Chia Seed

Product Features

Nutiva does a fantastic job of offering multiple varieties of chia seed and the complete nutritional information for the seed. Each tablespoon of Nutiva Chia Seed supplies 60 calories, 3 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein. There are 5 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, but all of the carbohydrates are sourced from fiber. There is also 2,375 mg of omega 3 fatty acid and a bit of omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids as well. While the average western diet is already rich in omega 6 fatty acids, the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is optimal for overall health and well-being.

Nutiva Chia Seeds can be added to your favorite yogurt or protein smoothie, but unless you like a thick, gelatin like consistency, it is best to consume the food or beverage within 5 to 10 minutes as chia seeds absorb liquid and form a gel in minutes. Some companies claim it is this swelling that makes Nutiva Chia Seeds (and other brands) ideal for dieters. When chia seeds absorb liquid they can grow to 12 times their size. One tablespoon becomes the size of 12 tablespoons giving the dieter a feeling of fullness.

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Advantages

  • Chia seeds are rich in fiber and omega fatty acids.
  • The omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is perfect.

Disadvantages

  • Nutiva Chia Seeds supply 60 calories per tablespoon.
  • The dieter can add too much chia seed to the diet, adding quite the punch of calories.

Conclusion

There is no clinical connection between Nutiva Chia Seeds and weight loss, but the seeds are one of the best superfoods on the planet. Just one tablespoon each morning supplies a huge serving of omega 3 fatty acids, which are clinically proven to support heart health.

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Editor: Paul Blake

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