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floridachuck 04-02-2009 11:50 AM

Chia Seeds Nutritional Detriment?
I have been reading "Eat to Live", by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and really enjoying it. I have historically ate meat, starches, vegetables with oils and butters. I am making the changes that Dr. Fuhrman suggests.

Also, I have recently started taking two teaspoons of Chia Seeds in a half cup of water which become gelatinous after thirty minutes.

I am concerned that the effect of the gelatin on my digestion of the increased intake of vegetables and fruits by speeding and clumping of food in the intestines prior to realizing full nutritional value of the food.

JohnR41 04-07-2009 02:54 PM

Re: Chia Seeds Nutritional Detriment?

If I understand your question, you're worried about too much fiber causing food to pass through your digestive system too fast. And you think that would prevent all the nutrients from being absorbed.

There may be some truth to that but what's the alternative? Eat less fiber-rich foods and get less nutrients to begin with?

In my opinion, I think it's best to eat lots of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruit. Yes, it goes through your system faster but you will have a constant supply of high quality foods in your system and therefore you'll be ahead of the game, compared to those who consume a lower quality diet (less fiber and less nutrition).

Having said that, if the Chia Seed/gel is causing a problem (loose stools or whatever) it might be best to stay away from it or eat less of it. I can't say any more about Chia Seed/gel because I've never tried it myself.

floridachuck 04-08-2009 07:05 AM

Re: Chia Seeds Nutritional Detriment?
Thanks, your reply makes sense. I have already started taking less Chia Seeds.

JohnR41 04-08-2009 09:56 AM

More information:

Here's more information on how to get the most nutrition from high fiber foods, assuming that some of the nutrition is bound up in the fiber.

1) Break up plant fibers by chewing your foods well, whether raw or cooked.

2) Cooking (e.g. soups or stews) serves to break down plant fibers too, but don't overcook.

3) Grinding, grating or pureeing are other methods that help to break down plant fibers.

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