What Are the Benefits of Chia Seed?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Q. Chia is said to be a super-healthy food for runners. I like it on my oatmeal, and it seems to be pretty affordable so I am thinking of purchasing some to use regularly. I just wondered if you have heard of chia and what your thoughts were.

A. Chia is pretty similar to flax seed, little higher in fiber and calcium, a little lower in iron, protein and omega-3s. As for benefits for runners, it's as good for you as any other foods that provide similar amounts of protein, fiber, omega-3s and so on.  If you like it on your oatmeal, go for it!  But I wouldn't expect any miracles. The whole idea of chia as a "super-food" is really just advertising hype, and the notion that it's especially good for runners is simply an advertising campaign directed at ... runners!

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.