Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dr Oz and chia seeds

Chia lovers and those new to this seed.

Did you see Dr. Oz's show yesterday?

 He was talking about what he considers to be his 5 Miracle Solutions from around the Globe.  Chia seed was number 2! He talked about how chia can help with weight loss by controlling hunger pangs as it tends to give you the feeling of being full.  He had two women that he asked to try chia seeds and both of them said it worked very well for them as they had lessened hunger pangs, and actually wanted to eat less at dinner.

His recipe for success.  Take two tablespoons in the morning in water after breakfast and if you like, take two more later in the day.

One thing he stressed was to buy whole or raw (meaning non processed, milled, cooked, etc) seeds.

I agree totally with the whole seed use, however if you have problems with seeds, such as with diverticulitis, then use the milled form, otherwise stick to whole seeds.

Have you had your chia today?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), which is in CHIA, and Cholesterol

It is interesting to note that the European Union's Register on Nutrition and Health Claims earlier in the year allowed a new claim to be made regarding Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and cholesterol.  The claim is stated below:

"ALA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels"

This claim may be used only for food which is at least a source of ALA and that information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 2 g of ALA.

Since a 15 to 25 gram serving of chia contains 3 to 5 g of ALA, chia easily meets this requirement.

Have you had your chia today? ®