Are vegans a threat to Chia Pets?

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.

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