Experts: Chia Pets seeds are healthy choice to eat

GLENDALE, Colo. — At Nature’s Choice Vitamin Cottage, they have had a ‘run’ of sorts on of all things, Chia Pets. No, it’s no joke. The Chia Pets seeds have replaced Flax seeds when it comes to extra energy for many.

“We couldn’t get the seeds a few months ago… something about the drought and how the growing season in Mexico and Guatemala was only allowing for one crop a season,” said nutritionist Ned McCrum.

“The seeds were called ‘runners’ seeds’ by the natives of Central and South America. They would chew the seeds and then run long distances with the extra energy they provided.”

These are the same Chia seeds that were popular in the 70s and are making a comeback these days. You remember, the seeds that grew grass out of pottery. It turns out the seeds are loaded with Omega 3 and many other things good for our bodies.

The USDA says a one ounce serving has 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of salt, 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They also have the same ‘good stuff’ that we get from fish oil as well. The calcium, phosphorus and manganese is similar in nutrient content to other edible seeds like flax and sesame.

And for the third or fourth time, the best-selling Chia Presidential Pet matched who won the presidential election … this year Obama out-sold Romney.

So ‘Cha Cha Cha Chia’ before you work out and maybe you too will find some extra energy.