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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (Feb. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816524882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816524884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A book filled with intriguing information about chia, its history, uses, and nutritive value.” —SIDA

“Admirably [raises] chia seeds in the reader’s consciousness.” —Plant Science

About the Author

Ricardo Ayerza Jr. is an Associate in Arid Lands at the University of Arizona’s Office of Arid Lands Studies and has been doing research on chia production and utilization since 1990. Wayne Coates is a Research Professor in the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona. His work with chia began in 1990, and he developed the system that is now used to commercially harvest and clean chia seeds.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Great book on chia seeds! Jan. 1 2008
By Always Looking for the Truth - Published on
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I was so delighted with the Chia book. Not only does the author provide an excellent historical review of chia seed, and its uses - there is also a wealth of information about its nutritional benefits. Long time overdue. I eat chia seeds every day, and cannot believe the dramatic difference they have made in my overall health. Don't miss this one!
79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Reference Nov. 3 2005
By Pamela Duff, RN - Published on
Format: Paperback
With 37 pages of documented references, Ayerza and Coates have established credibility with their findings of this old (but new) kid on the Essential Fatty Acid (EFA market. Chia seed, as well as hemp seed, is going to be a valuable source of EFAs in the not too distant future. Our waters are just too polluted and manufacturers too unscrupulous to keep up the facade that fish is the only source for the omega-3s our body needs. Ayerza and Coates goes into much detail on such subjects as the paradox of hunger and abundance; the importance of EFAs and the best sources of them as well as fats in general; why chia seed is one of the best sources of EFAs and many other nutrients; a detailed history of chia and where it seems to grow best (southern Mexico); the history of the Aztec people and their use of the seed; the various varieties and how to recognize them; and the oil's contribution to the preservation of art. The book also includes valuable tables of information and concludes with marketing ideas. Although the seed is a much needed food item, I fear that it can easily be exploited by manufacturers who see the value of the seed for other reasons than food. In this day and age of widespread hunger, food in general and good food (like chia and hemp seed) in particular, remains at the bottom of legislative concerns.
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Informative, well researched April 5 2007
By G. Hoover - Published on
Format: Paperback
Have read all the chia information on the web. This book gives you the history, the facts and why chia is so important in the diet - both ours and animals. The authors compare chia to other sources of omega-3 and then discuss why chia is a better source. If you are interested in your health this is a must read.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Very informative May 17 2008
By Lora - Published on
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This was an objective overview of the history of Chia. Not a recipe or how-to book. A bit on the academic side but I enjoyed it. Also enjoy using chia as a supplement.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Indept and technical June 1 2009
By Richard Dott - Published on
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This book is good for getting down to the nitty gritty technical side of why chia seed is a great source of nutrition and energy. I was looking for something a little more historic and practical. If you want to know why chia does what it does, this is a great resource. I may reread it again when I need more info on the effects of the wonderful chia seed.