Top positive review
A reasonable price for healthful organic chia seeds!
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2019
I recently made some radical dietary changes, and then after rereading a book I read several years ago (Christopher McDougall's "Born to Run"), I decided to give chia seeds a try for the first time in my life—since they're not too carb-heavy to fit in fairly well with my new keto regimen.
After some cautious experimentation, I concluded that grinding them in the coffee grinder prior to using in supplemental protein shakes works best for me, and it's easy. In each shake I use 14g ground chia seeds; 14g ground flax seeds; 20g pea protein powder; 12oz purified water; a wee bit of flavoring (cinnamon, vanilla, coconut flour, etc.), and stevia—for palatability. Placing this healthful concoction in the fridge for about 30 minutes prior to consumption allows it to thicken nicely. Adding more chia, and/or using less water yields a lovely pudding-like dessert dish.
I was emphatically dubious when reading reviews claiming there be "bugs" crawling in, on, or about the containers; hence was unwilling to give much credence to such assertions—devoid as they were of any real empirical evidence, and/or visual documentation for the sake of substantiation. Furthermore, the negative reviews with pictures included fall miserably short of even coming close to offering definitive proof of any life-forms being present. (Are they kidding, or what!)
Nevertheless, I poured about 8oz of seeds into a large plastic bowl in order to carefully scrutinize them myself—under magnification (with typically Sherlockian ebullience), and found absolutely no evidence of minuscule life-forms (or any excessive debris for that matter). It was however, somewhat amusing to observe these diminutive seeds become seemingly hyperactive due to the effects of static electricity as I was returning them to their container. (Another reviewer mentioned this cause & effect activity too.)
I think that this is a good product, and one being sold at a fair and competitive price here ($6.87 for 32oz), especially for an organically grown product. I've ordered it twice already (8 lbs so far), and will probably purchase plenty more unless the price increases to more than I would pay for similar foodstuffs at local stores, or until which point I actually do witness live critters burrowing and frolicking about, and/or get attacked by teensy-weensy, winged-monkeys flying out of the container when I remove the safety seal. (The latter would definitely do it ... oh yeah!)