Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Try it Tuesday: Chia Seeds

A few weeks back, while listening to Brandon's Marathon podcast**, Brandon spoke of Chia seeds and their awesome powers to help you run faster and farther - not to mention the increase in size and pleasure. To answer the question that I know you are thinking.... Yes, he was speaking of eating THOSE chia seeds.

I will wait a while while you sing the song in your head..... Cha-cha-cha-chia!!

Don't worry, I was singing the song too. Anyway, for any listeners of Brandon's Marathon podcast, the folks over at Greens Plus were willing to send over some free samples of their Chia product. (Note, I did not pay for my Chia seeds - they were a present. Sort of like my present to all readers for simply commenting on my first ever giveaway!! (whoring our your blog giveaway is hard, but fun))

The overall thought process behind Chia seeds (other than a delightful home plant) is that they aid in endurance activity by slowing down the rate at which the body processes sugar. So, it makes a GU "last" longer and reduces the GU sugar crash. Additionally, per the Greens plus website, Chia Seeds: "Increase Energy Levels Naturally, Support the Immune System, Improve Mental Acuity, Gently cleanse the Colon, and Restore a Healthy pH Balance to the Body"

So, this weekend I finally decided to try them. The seeds come in little single serving pouches that can be poured into any drink.

The packaging recommends stirring them into lemon aid, but I assume that Gatorade would work just as well. I wanted to try them with water at first to get the full effect of their "flavor"

You can see in this picture, about 1/4 of them floated, 1/4 were suspended in the water, and 1/2 of them were at the bottom

After drinking them, my brother in law was certain that I would have sprouts shooting out of my ass ANY second. Fortunately for him, it took a full 2 hours.

  • Loads of Omega 3
  • They are seeds, so they have to be good
  • Gots lots of fiber
  • You could blend them into a smoothie and never notice the taste / texture

  • The stuff tastes like you would expect it too. By that I mean that I felt like I was licking a tree
  • Gots lots of fiber (don't need any more of THAT on a run)
  • The texture was gummy and gritty all at the same time. I could see how a lot of people would have issue with that.
  • I really didn't see a difference in my performance. Granted, I only had three packages, but I guess I was looking for something more

Unfortunately, these are not something that I can recommend. The "gross" factor and the limited benefits were too much to overcome. So, this one, instead of getting my seal of approval, gets my FAIL killer whale EATING my seal of approval. Be warned random consumer products, I'm on the prowl.

** Blogs, podcasts, and twitter!? That, my friends, makes me a triple threat. Or, I guess at least a triple consumer.


Jamoosh said...

Crazy - It's also carzy that my anti-virus did not like something in your post. I thought I had the porn settings on "minimum."

Morgan said...

Cha-cha-chia! Thanks to your descriptions the visions floating around in my head of what could potentially happen while out on a run after eating these is not fit for public... YUCK! LOL!

The Sean said...

I wonder runners will begin appearing like stalks of brocolli up ahead on the trail?

Jill said...

I'm still waiting on the flexible dude pic but I will say that you and I have the same granite in our kitchen. Cool! I can't even comment on the seeds cuz it's something I'd totally do, too, like the 500 other things I've tried yet see no benefits. Happy Fat Tuesday!

Molly said...

I've been adding chia seeds to my morning smoothies for a couple of months now...they really do help me to feel full longer.

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Oh, I just noticed that you still have your Christmas card pictures hanging on your wall:) We just took ours down a few weeks ago:) I don't feel so bad now:)

I had a Chia pet when I was growing up and I was so proud of that stupid thing! I never knew about eating the seeds or adding them to food. Interesting.

I hope that you are having the most excellent day Adam!!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Thanks for this. I have been wondering if there was really anything worth while to this chia stuff.

Barefoot AngieB said...

I add them to my smoothie in the mornings too. They have no flavor and don't gum up so quickly when they are in a thicker drink. I didn't like them as much when they clumped at the bottom of a glass of lemonade.

I like the minerals and nutrients they offer as a supplement to my diet and not so much for added energy for exercising. Maybe they have an effect and I am just used to it now. I do have quite a bit of gumption.

Rio said...

I heard of people making a gel out of Chia seeds. I am going to look into it and post what I find. Kudos to you for trying them. At least you'll be regular for a while!

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
I just tagged you:)

RunnuRMark said...

Um, yeah. I think I'll pass on the extra fiber too. Toilets are already hard enough to clean...

inspiREDtorun13 said...

So, this is my life. I'm reading a review and comments on the effects of chia seeds on running performance. And I find it interesting.

I'm not going to say never...

but this will probably not be the first "hardcore" change I make to my life as a "runner." @The Sean's comment made me laugh really hard.

Thanks for being brave and trying this for all of us!

RunningLaur said...

Yeah I don't think I could eat them on their own all guey-fied.
I've been putting some that I got in oatmeal and in place of sesame/poppy seeds and like them a lot. But the whole guey thing. no.

Barry said...

So save the chia seeds for your chia pet, or Obama pet if that's your style I guess?

P.S. Your brother-in-law is hot! ;-)

Laura said...

I've made chocolate chia pudding by mixing in some chocolate syrup - it's actually really tasty that way!