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Preparing, Eating & General Questions
|Q. Do I have to do anything to MySeeds before I eat them?
A. It depends on how you want to use MySeeds. You don’t have to do anything if you just want to sprinkle them on foods such as baked potatoes, salads, yogurts, ice cream, soup or so much more. It’s as easy as scoop, sprinkle and eat. There’s no messy grinding.
Note: Do not attempt to wash MySeeds Chia. They will immideatly become sticky and start absorbing the water to form Chia Gel.
If you're using them as a fat-substitute in your recipes, you have to make the gel first. Use our easy free gel recipe (included with your order) and in 15 minutes you’re ready to use them to replace 1/3 of the fat in your recipes, without reducing any of the flavors. The gel can be made ahead of time, and keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge in a covered container.
A. The best time depends on why you are using them.
To curb apatite, and improve regularity eat MySeeds in the morning, or right before meals.
A. That depends on how you are using it. For general purposes of health, nutrition and energy an adult would usually consume about 1 tbsp dry seeds (or 9 tbsp gelled seeds) in one day. Every bag of MySeeds has over 30 servings, so it will last more than 1 month, costing less than 1 dollar a day to use. However, if you are using the seeds to fight hunger/stay feeling full longer you can, of course, use more. Chia is extremely safe. Only you know when you're feeling full, so let your body tell you the amount that's right for you.
A. MySeeds do not require refrigeration or any special storage container. As long as you keep the bag in a dry place, your seeds will stay fresh and ready to use.
Chia-Gel will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
A. Because of their high level of anti-oxidants, MySeeds will not go rancid like flax seed, or other oils and grains. They will keep safely for up to 2 years! Their anti-oxidant content prevents the oils from spoiling, and also helps you prevent oxidation in your body's cells when you consume them.
A. MySeeds have very little flavor. Adding them to food will not change the taste of the food. If eaten plain, or as an unflavored gel there is a vague almost nut-like taste.
Note: if making chia gel with MySeeds, always use filtered or bottled water. Since the seeds distribute flavors, using tap water could adversely affect the flavor of your gel.
A. When used as a gel in cooking, MySeeds do not absorb flavors, they distribute flavors. This means that you can use them to replace the volume of foods without cutting back on taste. If you substitute 1/3 of a recipes’ "fat" (where a recipe requires something such as butter, shortening, or margarine) with MySeeds gel, the finished food will taste the same, but have 1/3 less fat. Of course, you are also adding all the healthy benefits of MySeeds, such as vitamins, anti-oxidants and calcium to the food.
A. Yes! If you enjoy the taste of salad dressings, Bar-B-Q Sauce or any number of other condiments, but wish you didn’t have to deal with the calorie and fat content they add, MySeeds is the answer.
MySeeds do not absorb flavors, they distribute flavors. You can use them to replace the volume of foods without cutting back on taste. This also helps you cut down on the amount of food you eat. For instance, if you love the taste of a salad dressing, but wish it didn’t add calories to your healthy salad, you can mix in MySeeds gel. A little bit of dressing will now cover your whole salad, and taste the same as if you had used the full amount of dressing.
A. Yes, Chia Seeds are classified by the FDA as a "Healthy Food". MySeeds are 100% chia seeds. You can see the Chia Nutrition Facts Panel.
A. Not really! You can supplement whatever you are already eating with MySeeds. In fact, we encourage you to use them on foods you already like. The benefit of MySeeds occurs when each grain absorbs 9 times its weight in water and forms a nutritious gel. The gel fills you up so you shouldn't feel like snacking, or over eating at meal time.
A. No! MySeeds are 100% natural with no additives or preservatives. They’re full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants as well as natural essential oils (such as Omega-3), protein and fiber. They don’t require additives, as they are already a super-healthy food. Their high level of anti oxidants acts as a natural preservative, keeping them fresh for up to 2 years if stored in a dry place.
A. Yes! MySeeds contain 11 grams of fiber, so you’re getting 44% of your daily value in just one ounce. They help retain water throughout the digestive process, keeping your digestive tract hydrated and clean. These two factors combine to greatly aid in regularity and digestion.
The soluble fiber in chia seeds may help to lower your cholesterol as well.
"Clinical studies show that a heart-healthy diet (low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables and grain products that contain soluble fiber) can lower blood cholesterol. In these studies, cholesterol levels dropped between 0.5 percent and 2 percent for every gram of soluble fiber eaten per day. "
The soluble fiber also stabilizes blood sugar by slowing the release of carbohydrates in the digestive system.
You can read about the value of soluble fiber at the FDA USA Government site
A. There is no set daily amount. If you become hungry and want to use more seed to avoid unhealthy snacks, you can. Your body will tell you what's the right amount for you.
A. MySeeds should not hurt your pet Dog/Cat/Bird/Rodent. MySeeds are healthy for anyone. The Omega-3 and 6 oils in the seeds help to build strong, shiny coats. If your pet eats an excessive amount of seeds, they may become very thirsty so be sure they have access to plenty of water.
A. Yes! MySeeds Chia provides you a balance of Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid), Omega- 6 (linoleic acid). It's actually the highest plant-based source of Omega 3 available. Unlike fish, and fish oils, Chia delivers all this healthy oil without any cholesterol. With MySeeds as your source of Omega-3, you won't need to worry about heavy metals that can be found in some fish.
Unlike other grains, it is free of Gluten. Anti-oxidants that occur naturally in chia keep these oils from going rancid.
A. No, eating chia will not force you to lose weight if you are not eating it in the pre determined "weight loss ways" Chia can be used in 2 ways, first for losing weight, the other for maintaining health and improving nutrition. All you'll need to do is avoid the 'weight loss methods' which include:
A. Different doctors may say slightly different things. The 'bottom line' seems to be that "avoiding all seeds and nuts" is no longer the mainstream advice. You should certainly read these helpful Doctors Quotes to learn more about what they have to say. (This web page is NOT written by a doctor, but the quotes are by real MDs, and the study was conducted and written up by the USA Government)
MySeeds Chia seeds are grown in Mexico. Our chia is from the western side of Mexico, where the soil is sandy and dry. These aren't ideal growing conditions for other crops, but they're great for chia seeds. Mexico is where chia seeds were discovered (though they will grow elsewhere) Chia seeds are thought to be named for the Chiapas Region where they were discovered.
Chia seeds have the ability to form gel (much more than other seeds) because of their high concentration of soluble fiber. Normally, this fiber is invisible to the naked eye, laying flat against the surface of the seed. However, when it is exposed to water, the fibers stand on end, trapping the water (or other liquid of choice) next to the seed & forming the gel. Now, with a magnifying glass, you can see a little 'halo' of this fiber once it has made the gel.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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