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How Do I Grind Chia Seeds?

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Updated May 18, 2013

How Do I Grind Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds can be ground with a coffee grinder

Sharon Basaraba
Question: How Do I Grind Chia Seeds?

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?

Answer:

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.

Sources:

Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood. Wayne Coates, PhD. Sterling Publishing. 2012.
http://www.sterlingpublishing.com/catalog?isbn=9781402799433

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