In Sept 2011 after my seminar at E&E I asked you about the value of grinding chia seeds and you had thought it was probably not needed. Others had told me the same. But the NYT article on chia suggested otherwise: Grinding your chia seeds provides maximum omega-3 conversion! In describing work by the Dole Food Co.'s research:
"The company does independent clinical testing on each product in [its new] Nutrition Plus line to back up claims it makes about the health benefits [of chia seeds], and it was surprised by one finding: significantly more alpha-linolenic acid in omega-3 reached the bloodstream and was converted into eicosapentaenoic acid, a long-chain fatty acid considered good for the heart, when the seeds were milled rather than whole."
So, in this case, we can thank a big corporate food company for the tip.
All the best,