The Chia Pet Diet

Consider me floored after reading that chia seeds are good for you and considered a viable food source.  You know…chia…as in the chia pet!  I always thought those tiny little seeds that you soak and then spread on that little terra cotta figure were just a weed.  Apparently not. 

One serving of the seeds (about 28 ounces) packs 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber.  Who knew?!

Turns out, a lot of people.  Health food stores do a brisk business in selling those mighty little chia seeds as a weight-loss supplement.  But before you go out and stock up on Chia Hippos and Chia Obamas…is there any truth to these claims?

Sadly, like all good things…it’s too good to be true.  Check out this New York Times article that debunks the chia myth.

Still…those little guys are cute!

Ch-Ch-Chia!

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