White Chia Seeds and Black Chia Seeds What are The Differences?
It has been a hotly contested debate as to which type of Chia seed is the best; the cool looking white Chia seed, or the mysterious black counterpart. The first analysis you are likely to contemplate is their taste comparison. Straight off the bat you discover there is not much to compare in terms of culinary satisfaction; the two taste virtually the same. This leads to the most obvious following assertion; it must be their nutritional index and therapeutic efficacy that must be different; sadly many have tried, but have failed to conclusively state which is superior in terms of health benefits.
Many “so called” experts into Chia nutrition seem to be biased to the side of the white Chia seeds, arguing it is this variety that is supreme in both taste and benefit. In fact, it is not surprising to see that many of the top packaged brands contain this variety, a move that makes even the most open-minded consumer think contrary to scientific knowledge. The rationale behind this packaging move is poor though, the only real reason large companies package predominantly white Chia seeds is due to their more appealing appearance to the consuming public; claiming that a better looking product sells itself. Not a bad motive, but one that does severe injustice to the black counterpart.
But it’s not officially a unanimous verdict when it comes to show superiority; in fact nowadays many health gurus have been advocating the use of black Chia seeds, as opposed to the “white collar industry”, claiming as their main selling point that black Chia seeds have a higher anti-oxidant content than the white variety, a characteristic that makes it a better choice for the health conscious individual.
But sadly, there is simply no basis and worse no proof, to substantiate these wild claims. Why is it so essential that one type be deemed superior in the first place? The answer to this question remains yet unknown.
When you are seeking to solve this deadlock on your own, it is usually a good idea to know the history of each seed, considered separately. Firstly; where do they come from? are they from different species of plants? The answer to this is both straightforward and obvious; they are from the same exact plant, in fact it is not uncommon for you to purchase a bag of Chia seeds with a mixture of both black and white seeds, in addition to a myriad of intermediary colours ranging from off white to brown. The huge difference that occurs is when people segregate the colours, so by planting bare white seeds, it is a given that the plants will produce only the white variety. This is how their difference originates and ends. There is no more to consider in terms of difference besides their colour.
However, it is scientifically incorrect to state that all Chia seeds are identical in terms of nutritional density. While this statement may seem contradictory, it is a necessary one to debunk the myths associated with coloured Chia seeds. Indeed, Chia seeds, of two different colours, obtained from the same geographical area will be nutritionally equivalent, but Chia seeds of the same colour, from two different geographical locations will not. The terrain and environmental conditions seem to play an integral part in determining the overall efficacy of your Chia seeds.
As a rule of thumb, a simple yet effective way to gauge the potency of your Chia seeds is to soak a small amount in some water and observe the gelling reaction. Ideally, health, fresh Chia seeds gel readily within 10 minutes, and exude a beautiful halo when held up and exposed to the sun. Such a demonstration positively confirms the presence of high grade Chia seeds.
So irregardless of the colour of your Chia seeds, you are guaranteed to have a satisfying experience with both, once the quality of the seeds has been demonstrated