Is there a Difference Between White and Black Chia Seeds – The Renegade Health Show Episode #215

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A reader recently asked if there was a difference between white and black chia seeds…

It’s a great question and in this show I answer it.

We’re on our way to Mexico to visit Matt and Angela again to finish what we started! 😉

Ann is going with me this time and then we’re going to Montana… Can’t tell you why yet…

I also answer questions about heating raw food, alliances in the health world and what to do about massive heavy metal detox.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: What is your new year resolution?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Angel says:

    Regarding new years resolutions, in swedish the word resolution in the expression is more like promise. And I don’t make promissed I set goals. Regarding goals I think new years is a great time to get a natural time to review old goals and what happened during the year, and also to set new goals and get excited over the future.

  2. Ginny says:

    Many of my New Year’s resolutions in the past have been about weight loss. But the raw food lifestyle has take care of the extra weight! And I’m so thankful for that. This New Years resolution is about health and diet. I want to use this year to stabilize my raw intake at 75-80%. And to be better prepared to eat raw when next winter rolls around. I want to learn a new raw recipe every week so that I’ll have lots of them set for when the snow starts to fly and my heart wants to turn to some of my cold weather favorites. Thanks to you and Annemarie for all your wonderful recipes and shows. Have a great 2009.

  3. DebB says:

    New Year’s Resolution ~ I lost 85# this year (not on raw though) and I resolve to keep it off – with raw vegan.

    I resolve to join Curves to get in my exercise.

    DebB *Ü*

  4. Teri says:

    first of all you said Jan. 30th???
    Second- resolution … same as always a better me inside and out!
    and the regular stuff like build a shed or art studio. My yoga tea said the first duty of love is to listen, I will practice.

  5. Linda B. says:

    Well, I already exercise 5 days a week and eat as well as I can but I know that I need to cut out sugar and drink more water so that will be my resolutions. I would like to improve my psoriasis and I am sure that my sugar intake is contributing to it so it will be my little experiment.

  6. gloria says:

    I do zumba twice a week at the gym, I dance tango at least 3 times/wk, but I really want to start jogging out in the park. I have also started meditating, doing 1/2 hr daily, I want to increase the time, I want to take some raw cooking classes, and stay raw forever!!!!!!
    Save money for one of David Wolfe’s retreats!!!!

  7. zsuzanna says:

    Hi Kev, its December 30 NOT January 30 😉 haha. I thought I flew through time for a second!

    Thanks for this show, especially the part regarding promoting what you believe. This is why one solution is never the way to go — for example: when people try to find “THE” answer, they never do. Why? Well, we’re all unique, that’s why ;).

    I like your view because its similar to how I provide information to others. We are researches, students and teachers — adventurers, and also the guinea pigs 🙂 There is so much yet to be discovered, and each person is going to discover something different. The idea is to keep on discovering and never be afraid to change.

    People should keep in mind that this is a resource center — and the best way to run a resource center is to have multiple views, multiple products, multiple stories, multiple beliefs, and multiple foods and products. Through variety, one can choose what’s right for them. Its like going shopping for the ingredients to a recipe to make at home. And yet — we can still promote things that do work for other people — because we need to expose that information for the possibility of its efficacy on their systems (altho it may not have worked for us).

    So keep up your research, you’re doing great! Albeit contradictory or not at certain times — the more info the more accurately we can fine turn our own regimes at home.


  8. zsuzanna says:

    Re: black and white chia

    Dr. Wayne Coates – who is apparently very educated on the Chia seed says the following in an interview about the differences:

    Dr. Coates: There is no major difference between black chia seeds and white chia seeds.

    Fred: White seeds are popular. I have read claims that white seeds are nutritionally superior to black seeds. Some white seeds apparently have pending patents.

    Dr. Coates: If you look at the research, the white seed simply is the white seed. It is the same as any other white. It all started in the same place. So not only is there no difference between black chia seeds and white chia seeds, but also there are no major differences among white chia seeds either. Regarding patents, I do not know how a patent could be pending.

    Fred: If you tested white chia seeds and some patent-pending white seeds, there would be no major nutritional difference?

    Dr. Coates: That is right. There would be no difference.

    It would, of course, depend on the factors you test. There would be very minor differences. These differences would depend far more upon where the seeds were grown than upon the color of the seeds themselves.

    Fred: I remember seeing in your book Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs (…) the test results from a comparison of black chia seeds and white chia seeds showing that differences mostly depend on climate. Would you consider doing a study like that on a larger scale?

    Dr. Coates: Possibly. There can be considerable costs, however, if you want to use a laboratory for analysis. There is no way of testing it other than using a commercial lab. The costs always depend on the types of analyses that will be done. For example, are you only looking at the fat content or are you interested in specific fatty acid composition? Do you also want to look at protein content? Then there are other factors like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

    If you are comparing black chia seeds and white seeds, you might test black chia seeds from one location and white chia seeds from the same location. Then you might test some black chia and white chia from another location, and so on. You would need a variety of samples from different locations. These are some variables researchers would deal with when testing seeds. You see how complex a scientific testing process can be. It is never about testing a single factor.

    But, as I said, we already know that it makes a much greater difference where the chia is grown than whether the chia is white or black. Those are the results we found in our own tests for our unpublished 2006 study, which is posted on our website (…) .

    The greatest differences regarding the nutrients found in chia seeds simply relate to where the chia seeds are grown.

  9. linda says:

    i have lost 50lbs this year and resolve to continue to eat vegan and raw foods… my weight has come off
    by changing to this new life plan and looking to loose more weigh this coming year. now if i could get some easy exercise this would be wonderful.
    with a knee that needs replacing and a lung problem
    i am working on exercise is difficult.

  10. Bette says:

    we are not excited no more about the secret…haha…as it has dragged on waaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. cmon you two.

  11. Sparrow says:

    congratulations, DebB! I’ve released 67 pounds in 2008, also not with raw (with very low-fat cooked whole foods vegan) but am in the process of transitioning to raw in hopes of both keeping it off and releasing another 51 pounds. We can both meet our 2009 goals, Deb! I have confidence in both of us!

    Thank you, Kevin and Annmarie, for all you have done to help people like Deb and I. The work you do is invaluable!

  12. fred says:

    I resolve to cut some more fat out of my diet and have more fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. ejs says:

    Hey Kevin, helpful post on chia.

    I have used them myself and really like them. I prefer them over flax seeds. I did not some improvements in bowel function with the chai. Good stuff.

    The best part of today’s vid is your discussion of how your recommend products and do your ties affect your objectivity. Great answer and your integrity shines through. Your handling of the hole cacao incident proves your point. Thanks.

    I sat down over the holidays and worked on my 2009 goals. I decided one of the best gifts I could give myself in 2009 was too join the Inner Circle. So I far I am enjoying it. I enjoy seeing all the blog posts and being part of this community.

    Happy new year!


  14. Viveca says:

    I resolve to add yoga to my weekly fitness routines. I resolve to do some meditation.

  15. Liz says:

    Yeah….we want to know the secret already!!! Patience is out the window guys! Happy & (of course) Healthy New Year!!!
    Much love~

  16. Carola says:

    Read more and watch less TV. Hah.
    Happy, healthy and prosperous new year to everyone.

  17. Jerome says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I want to apply the 80/10/10 diet program from Dr Douglas Graham to my athletic performance in cycling. I am very interested to this diet but afraid about the cost of organic foods.

    Happy New Year and Bonne annee 2009
    Jerome from Portland, OR

  18. Al says:

    Isn’t it obvious that the secret is that they are expecting a baby?

  19. natalya says:

    I can wait with the secret till january 5th, no problem-there is time for everything. I’d like to lose more 20 pounds in new year with raw food and workout. Wishing everybody great new year and patience and love!

  20. barbara says:

    As always, great show. One of my new year’s resolutions is to get more water in daily. Ugh – this is a big one for me!

    Off that topic, let me ask a quick question about cacao. I let chocolate go in January of this year and have been so happy to be free of it. But lately, I’ve been looking at dessert recipes and some call for cacao butter. Is it true that the butter has no caffiene? I guess I’m also concerned about the theobromine as well. Do you know if there is a high amount of theobromine in cacao butter? Perhaps I could just use coconut butter in the recipes. (Planning on making presents for others with some cacao nibs I have that I’d like to use up and get out of my house!)

    Thanks so much!!

  21. bruce says:

    i’m following your lead and starting my raw-vegan diet for the coming year. On my way to the health food store tomorrow to pick up some t hings . I am setting my goals and picturing them. I am 130 pounds overweight . I would like to lose most of that this year. I am on no medications and am excited to see the transformation occur. thanks for all you do . bruce

  22. Gail says:

    To do away with the nasty lump on my left kidney without surgery, chemo or radiotherapy, thereby restoring my health.

    To be happy and to bring happiness to those with whom I interact.

  23. Dorothy says:

    Happy, abundant and joyful New Year. Yes, I heard Jan 30! Guess you have heard about that by now, how you have been going so fast that you are ahead of yourself… Thanks for answering the great questions that you get, and sharing them with us. I have spent the last two months easing into the raw foods by choice, and loving it! What a great way to start the year, I don’t even need to make a resolution, other than to thrive as I continue to grow into this lifestyle. I keep stumbling into wonderful adventures. Keeping a journal and, making new to me recipes. ~Dorothy

  24. To try to always ask my entire body if it wants to eat something, and not just my tastebuds!!!How will my body react and will it be happy with what i’m taking in…

  25. marijana pontoni says:

    i decided that i’ll try not to bother with things i do not have to, to think over is something worth of losing my nerves. and i decided to learn as much as i can about raw food and to stick with it more than i am now.
    that part is where you come in, too. 😉

    any way, have a very good year ahead of you and enjoy it


  26. Nick says:

    my resolution was to do at least a three day fast, but i will go longer if i can. it is my first time doing one. i am already on day two!

  27. my resolution is to stay on my 124 juice feast , i will break it on my birthday april 23rd 2009.

    also i will document my journey so that i can reflect along the way to learn important lessons i may not observe while going through detox or emotional roller coaster rides lol


  28. maddiethunderclap says:

    i resolve to draw closer to my creator and to say no to and keep at great arms length those people in my life who cause me continuing distress and drain me emotionally and financially and greatly impede my climb back to health and my new raw lifestyle who denegrate that lifestyle by continually calling me a freak and accuse me of squandering my money on organic produce dehydrator etc. i resolve to show even more love to my precious husband who looks after me and our two little grandsons who live with us.he does all my juicing feeds me good stuff pushes my wheelchair and i still get a flutter when he walks in the room and so does he.i resolve never to lose the deep appreciation and respect i have developed for you and annmarie and mike and thankfulness from scotland and have a wonderful new year.

  29. Gail says:

    Increase my intake of raw food and maybe attend a Raw uncook day for some tips and hope this new year is going to be more healthy
    than this one for everyone

  30. sheila says:

    Hey there Kevin!!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful healthy new year. My resolution centers not so much around myself but around helping others since I think we are all here on this journey to help those people who are trying to find a better way whether its helping others to understand the real truth about the food we eat or the different ways to stay positive or possibly just an ear to be a good listener to someone.
    Peace and Veggies to All

  31. TAINA says:

    Are chia seeds OK from those silly plants promoted on TV. Chia dog, chia herbs, chia cat grass, etc.? Also, saw Dr. Clement at the Nutcracker with his family here in West Palm Bch., FL Just didn’t get to chat with him. This year I’m going to try to be much more raw and lose my 30 lbs. and be a much happier person. Being patient and listening to others is a great way to learn also. Happy New Year. I hope you read these even though they are a few days late. Taina

  32. Chel says:

    i resolve to love unconditionally, laugh uncontrollably, and live in gratitude!

  33. Heidi says:

    hi everyone my fist goal was to post my first comment on this site ive always been tempted to reply to blogs or comments but didnt know where to starts so this is a first
    2.keep kitchen stocked up with healthy snacks that i can qickly grab more raw
    4.get the kids doing more juices and smoothies.
    5.Train for a 5k run and do it in may
    6 do a half marathon in september
    7. go on more bike rides with the kids as i just tort my son to ride his yeaterday
    8.cut back on pointless spending so i can spend it on healthy food and books. my yoga dvd at home
    10.drink more water.
    have happy and healthy new year.Heidi.x

  34. Jenni says:

    I resolve to be 50% raw (just starting out to the transition), and I already started this week! I will keep doing the 50% and will up the raw ante when it’s in the cards.

    Happy new year and best wishes to you both!

  35. Gail Wright says:

    how about we all stay keep connected better like Kevin does.

    and, love more, help all more, pray more, enjoy more, figure out if a water therapy which I bought for $3,500 USA dollars can work to cleanse every body from toxins and metals.

    Happy 2009 New Year,

  36. Laura says:

    I always Receive soooo much from all these posts! Thanks y’all! I’m digesting every single word! I especially like what Jolanda posted about asking her WHOLE body if it wants a particular food! Great tip, Jolanda! Thanks! My new year’s resolution is to stop eating cooked food, and stick with it once and for all!! I’m also focusing on becoming a more wholesome, patient, loving, kind, and playful mother. Love, Laura Sutton

  37. I’m late watching this show but will comment for the person with the heavy metal toxicity just in case she’s still reading. I spent well over $20000 trying to deal with mercury & cadmium toxicity in my daughter and myself. I was told by a chelation doctor we were too toxic for chelation! It would damage our organs. Fasting and juicing made my health worse. You’re right Kevin, it’s serious and I feel like I lost a lot of years of my life due to fatigue and brain fog.

    If the lady who was asking wants to contact me, please do so. I’m happy to share my info with anyone who asks: It will save a lot of time, aggravation and money trying to figure out what to do on your own.

  38. Toni says:

    I had just bought some white chia seeds and was wondering if there was any difference between the two colors.

    It’s fun to see a question I had answered without anyone knowing I had that question.

    Thank you Kevin

  39. karen says:

    i gotta agree with the comment above about the “secret” dragging on way too long. definitely a fine line between bending and breaking….:)

  40. Marius says:

    Every new year I set goals for what I want to achieve in the next year. This is not like mentally thinking up some vage resolutions, but rather a very deliberate process where each major goal is broken down into smaller, more easily achievable goals.

    This year the categories are 1) Health, and 2)Business. For 1)Health I have divided it into a)physical and b)mental/spiritual (this division is of course artificial, but it helps in organizing my goals). B)Physical is further divided into 1)diet, and 2)exercise. 1)diet is then divided into a)everyday diet, and b)cleanses. So, up untill now I have only chunked down in categories, but now I can start to set goals. For instance, for a)everyday diet, I want to maintain a raw vegan diet. For b)cleanses I want to incorporate 4 green-smoothie weeklong cleanses. Etc, etc…the list goes on. I do this for each sub category; chunk down to the lowest category so that I can formulate real, actual and easily achievable goals. The more details the better. I know we strive for simplicity and the natural, but when it comes to goal setting I belive in structure and being organized 🙂

    This process might seem tedious and unnecessary at first glance, but trust me it really works in helping you acieve your goals.
    In order to get something you have to visualize and focus on it. That’s what this method does.

    Happy goalsetting 😉

  41. Re: the difference between black and white chia seeds…

    I watched a video (on Google Video) where Truth Calkins talks a bit about chia seeds, black sesame seeds, and black coloured foods (I don’t know much about Truth, but he seems to be some sort of elixircrafting longevity expert, which at least for me, makes me want to see what he has to say).

    He says that all black foods strengthen the kidneys and then goes into more detail (I don’t know whether this info is true or not–I’m just sharing the info. Truth seems like a good, pretty interesting guy though, so if he says something, it’s probably for a reason).

    Here’s a link to the video—skip to 55 seconds into the video to hear the part about chia seeds, black sesame seeds, and black foods:

    I like the comment Zsuzanna posted above ( that states it’s not the colour that really matters, but where the seeds come from (which I feel is talking about how they’re grown–i.e. with or without love; with leading-edge farming techniques–and what the chia seeds are grown in–i.e. what type of soil, etc). That makes sense to me.

    Oh, and I should mention that I’m not disputing anything Kevin said–like Kevin communicated in the video, this isn’t really a matter of right or wrong. I feel this is an interesting question to explore with an open mind and heart (and an open intuitive channel, for those who are into using their intuition and dialogging with Spirit 🙂 ) and see what different ideas, findings, and discoveries show up.

    I feel that’s a good way to make interesting discoveries (whether said discoveries end up being directly related to chia seeds or are more about an interesting new thread that sprouts from the original question—or “quest-I-on” as Daniel Vitalis likes to say 🙂 ).

    — Bruce

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