As a gag gift, the Chia Pet remains a popular choice for the kitsch-inclined. Slather on some seeds, add water and voilà, a ceramic Homer Simpson sprouts fluffy green "hair."
But chia seeds as a valuable source of nutrition? Turns out, maybe we should have been spreading those seeds on toast, not on a ceramic "pet" all these years.
Nutritionists say that chia seeds, plucked from a Central American plant called Salvia hispanica, have many beneficial qualities that are making them a trendy choice in the natural supplements aisle.
Read the full story at sacbee.com.