Have you found these round hard things among your chia seeds?
I recently received this photo from a reader who wanted to know what they were. She found them in a 6 pound bag of chia seeds that she had bought online.
I referred the question to Dr. Wayne Coates who says that they appear to be weed seeds from wild amaranth or pigweed. They are not harmful but they may have a strong taste. He goes on to say, "That is the problem today
many companies . . . are selling
absolutely poor quality chia. Either out of ignorance or they do not
So buyer, beware! This is animal grade chia and not the best quality.
According to the USDA PLANTS database, chia is naturalized (grows wild) in Florida, Texas and New York. More information is available at the link. The New York occurrence has to be an error. More research is needed.
Leisure guy, the people at salbasmart should be ashamed of
themselves for aligning with Vladimir Vuksan as I have it on the highest
authority that Vuksan was a party to an internal inquiry at the
University of Toronto on the basis of research impropriety. Most
notably, these were the facts that came to light. First Vuksan has a
financial ownership interest in Salba via the company Sahis Holdings.
This genius even has the company Salba Corp NA registered to his home
address. Second, he was found guilty of research misconduct regarding
Salba. Third, he perjured himself in his sworn affidavit in the Canadian
Court Case Mealla et al v. Salba Corp NA. And finally that he
misappropriated research funds from other grants in favor of salba
research. But here is the worst part, Vuksan knows full well that he
used black Chia seeds in the original research because there were no
white seeds available. His original research posters even show the
photos of black chia. Vuksan never wanted anyone to know that he had a
financial interest because the so called third party research would not
have ever been published under those conditions. This is why he had to
publish a correction on the research… you can check this with Diabetes
Care. The worst part for the consuming public is that the Meallas paid
expensive lawyers to suppress these realities from the public. Evidence
of this travesty can be seen in the thesis by Amy Lee, one of Vuksans
students, in which analytical results towards the back of this thesis
show the word Chia crossed out and replaced by the word salba…this can
be found on google. I dont represent any competing company which is why
you won’t see any advertisements here…I just think its time that
consumers really know the truth about this company and those that
support them. The lesson here is that all research from Vuksan should be
taken under the context that he has financial interests in the outcome
and if indeed there was any legitimacy to the results of those findings
than certainly any well grown chia should be credited with the same.
NOTE: I have not tried to verify any of these claims, but it does seem as if the author of this complaint is a colleague of Vuksan's who co-authored this paper: “Supplementation of Conventional Therapy with the Novel Grain Salba
(Salvia hispanica L.) Improves Major and Emerging Cardiovascular Risk
Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial,”
Vuksan V, Whitham D, et al, Diabetes Care, 2007 Aug 8; [Epub ahead of
(Note: these are not my words. I am reposting from this website. A well thought out opinion, IMHO.)
"Thinking of joining Lifemax? I recommend against it, for the following
First of all, their science is bad. They're relying on testimonials to
sell the product, which don't do a good job of determining which effects are
the result of Mila (their flagship and apparently only) product and which
effects are the result of chance or unrelated changes - and to make the
testimonials even more worthless, LifeMax is not printing any of the
UNFAVORABLE testimonials out there.
Second, they're charging at least thrice their competitors' rates.
Amazon wants $49 a pound for Lifemax/Mila brand chia, $15.39 a pound for
Bob's Red Mill brand chia.
Lifemax appears to have been involved in some rather nasty legal
disputes with some of their former business partners; back in 2010,
Dr. Wayne Coates was claiming that they borrowed tens of thousands of
dollars from him and refused to repay him. The original source link
is no longer available, but the argument is mentioned on a
chia enthusiast site and
on Wayne Coates' Twitter.
Their distributor contract includes an agreement to the effect that
distributors may not disclose the address of Lifemax(!) or recommend anyone
change their business relationship with Lifemax for 12 months after
termination of distributorship. I'm not sure if this is legally enforceable,
but it seems clear to me that the point of that clause is to give them
grounds to sue former distributors should they recommend others quit
Lifemax. This is likely to lead to an unwarrantedly positive impression
of the business when you do websearches, as even if it is unenforceable
former distributors will probably be unaware of that.
Distributors also are not allowed to communicate with Lifemax's
suppliers or vendors for some reason.
They're an MLM. MLM commission structures encourage market
saturation - whoever recruited YOU will also be recruiting other distributors,
all of whom will be competing with you, and add a great deal of overhead -
the retail customer isn't just paying YOUR commission, they're also paying
the commissions for people higher up on the pyramid. (In the case of Lifemax,
the commission plan was also rather confusing when I read it - but that's
Many Lifemax distributors are misrepresenting both the product and the
business. I found out about Lifemax because I ran into a flyer claiming
that Mila helped a laundry list of ailments *and* would make you wealthy.
A quick websearch shows that Lifemax distributors are flooding the search
results for 'lifemax scam' and 'lifemax fraud' with positive testimonials,
sometimes disguised as neutral. (There's also the girl selling 'LGN
Prosperity', whatever that is, disguised as a warning about the dangers
of Lifemax. From what I can see, LGN Prosperity seems to be a scam -
more information would be appreciated.)
Finally, if you want to see the ad that drew my attention, the full
text is here:
MILA, the miracle seed bringing health and wealth to you!
This is a unique exciting event - eat scrumptiously, learn about a
remarkable Superfood called MILA (health benefits and fun biz
Mila is the highest plant source and the most nutrient dense food on
the planet which is a blend of chia seeds.
Come to listen to the presentation that will transform your health! Heart
disease, high blood pressure, weight loss, cholesterol, healthy skin, cancer,
diabetes, arthritis, obesity, depression, autism, inflammation, mind
Wednesday, August 3rd4th at 7:00PM
5285 Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco
Don't wait and try Mila! Your body will thank you!
Call Anyo at 510-666 1334 to reserve your seat and
empower your energy with a glass of Mila!!!!!!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Yep, that's right. Unsubstatiated and incoherent implications that
it's good for everything from autism to cancer. Even if Lifemax itself
WERE a good idea, this sort of stupidity is a nearly inevitable consequence
"Not for the faint of heart, these cheesy chia crisps pack a punch with a
spicy jalapeño blast. Dangerously addictive and absolutely delicious.
Plus with the satisfying protein from the crisps, they can be consumed
guilt-free. Snackers rejoice!"
But don't be fooled by the label. There seems to be less than a gram of chia seeds in a typical serving. In fact, chia seeds (Salba) are the least ingredient, next to salt. (Click on this image to read the label for yourself.
In February 2010, I received a phonecall from a chia seed grower, Mr. Marcelo Aspetty from Bolivia. He says he reads and enjoys my website and wanted to get in touch. He represents a family farming company, GRANICORP, that grows chia seeds, along with corn, rice, and other cereals, near Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
In Bolivia, chia seed is planted in May and June, and is harvested in September. Mr. Aspetty told me that his family produces nearly 200 metric tons of chia seed a year, and most of it is exported to Chile and Germany. He is asking my help in finding interested distributors in the U.S.
So Dear Reader, if you are in a position to import a ton of chia seed from Bolivia, here is who to contact!
Almost 10 years ago, when the internet was young, "XEMatt" began a website he called X-Entertainment. His Facebook page states that "X-E is a celebration of old toys, new toys, holidays, novelties that
grow in water, junk food, interesting party lights, and crustaceans." I frankly don't understand very much of it.
Yes, I know that most of you are here to learn about eating chia seeds for your health, but just consider how much fun young Matt had with his Chia Pet, his G-I Joe action figures, his camera, and his imagination!
So go enjoy Cobra's Chia Plot Part I, Part II,Part III, and Part IV (but if you are viewing with children, be aware that young Matt's script is liberally laced with bad language).
Anyway, Here is a sample of Matt's work. I hope it inspires you!
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.