A friend recently asked me whether Chia Seeds would be a healthy part of her diet. Not 100% sure of the answer, I contacted my # 1 resource, Dr. Cordain himself, to get to the most accurate information possible!
For those of you who receive the weekly Paleo Diet, LLC, Newsletter, this summary will be nothing more than a refresher for you, as Dr. Cordain, just in last Friday's issue, discussed in detail why Chia Seeds, actually, are NOT a good food to have as part of our food options!
Here's a recap of what he said:
-"Chia Seeds contain antinutrients, so that once in your body, the available calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and manganese from chia seeds are poorly absorbed, hence making chia seeds a poor dietary source for these minerals."
-"Chia seed consumption may contain one or more antinutrients which may promote
chronic low level inflammation."
-"In addition, it is possible that other antinutrients found in chia seeds may adversely affect gut tissue including saponins which cause a “leaky gut”. When this occurs, the gut contents may then have access to the immune system which in turn becomes activated thereby causing a chronic low level systemic inflammation."
Dr. Cordain sums up by stating, "Until further human studies are conducted, I would be cautious in recommending chia seeds for human consumption, particularly in people with food allergies or known autoimmune diseases."
So- keep the chia seeds for your Chia Pet (do they still sell those? : ) and OUT of your body!