Chia seeds, better known for growing green hair on clay animals, are the latest health food fad according to the Tri-Valley Herald. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, also found in flax seed and fish oil, that might help prevent heart disease. Whatever the validity of the health claims (the FDA regulates such things as foods) sales of omega-3 products are worth about $500 million a year and products are apparently flying off the shelves.
“I don’t recommend it as a cure-all, but as a way to get more of what’s healthy into our diets,” said Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, a Cooperative Extension specialist at the University of California-Davis Department of Nutrition. Chia seeds, she said, “deserve more study.”