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White or black chia seeds, what is the difference?

So you’ve taken on a new years resolution to get healthy—welcome to the club! If you’ve started researching on what to add to or cut from your diet, then you’ve surely come across chia seeds. So you’ve set out on the quest to buy chia seeds—good going!

Now you are standing in the store and you discover that there are not just one kind of chia seeds, but many! White chia seeds, black chia seeds, ground chia, hydrated chia seeds… we feel your pain.

In essence, they are all chia seeds. Lets start with the difference in colours; the fundamental difference between the white and the black chia is… not much, they’re pretty much the same.

The seeds are very close in nutritional values—the black has a little more antioxidants than the white, but white has a slightly higher protein content. However, they are all Salvia Hispanica L. varieties, a mint-like plant that has been domesticated for farming. There is another botanical variety, which has different characteristics but nutritionally very similar to the farmed variety. Called the Salvia Columbariae, predominantly found in the Southwestern regions of South America, and is considered to be a wild crafted seed.

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L-R: Nature’s Superfoods Organic Chia Seeds, Superior Chia

What about ground chia seeds vs hydrated chia seeds? Well, hydrated chia seeds are just regular chia seeds that have been soaked in water, which is something you can do on your own. Furthermore because the chia seeds expand when soaked, you essentially are paying for a tiny amount of chia and lots of water. Best to just do it yourself!

For ground chia it becomes a little more interesting. The idea behind ground chia is that the outer shell of the chia is very hardy, and by slicing the chia finely it’s believed that the nutrients would be more easily absorbed by the body.

Although there are different schools of thought regarding ground vs whole chia seeds, we recommend that you try both options and decide for yourself what you feel works best for you. Alternatively, you can pound your seeds just before consumption with a mortar and pestle to get the same or similar effect as the store-bought ground type.

For whole chia seeds, we recommend Organic Black Chia seeds from Nature’s Superfoodsuse promo code SOULSCAPE10 to get 10% off your order. Discount code expires March 31, 2017.

For the ground kind try Superior Chia, as their chia seeds have been micro-sliced using low temperatures, which is meant to cause less damage to the cellular structure of the seed, keeping more antioxidants intact—use promo code SUP10 to get 10% of your order. Discount code expires March 31, 2017.

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About Theresa Shan

Theresa is SOULSCAPE's go-to-advisor for all things yoga, as she's a certified yoga teacher who's been teaching at both large & boutique yoga studios in Singapore since 2010. She's also the founder of MADANA Yoga Lifestyle, a line of high quality, eco-friendly yoga mats & accessories for eco-conscious yogis. When she's not stretching out, she creates unique concepts for the lifestyle yoga & wellness events run by SOULSCAPE.

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