Chia seeds are considered a heart-healthy food, because they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. There's some evidence that grinding chia seeds helps your body derive greater nutrition from them, so how do you grind these seeds?
Wayne Coates, Professor Emeritus in the Office of Arid Land Studies at the University of Arizona, writes in his book Chia that a simple coffee grinder will do the trick.
Coates recommends grinding the seeds for only a few seconds at a time. An oilseed, chia boasts a high fat content and can be over-processed into chia "butter" if you grind the seeds too long, he says.
Another word of caution: do not wash your chia seeds before grinding! They're hydrophilic, which means they absorb water (up to 9 times their weight when soaked). This water-absorbing quality may help chia seeds work as a weight-loss tool, since foods with a high water content have been shown to keep you full and satisfied longer — and therefore less likely to overeat.
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Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood. Wayne Coates, PhD. Sterling Publishing. 2012.