Frequently Asked Questions
Chia Seeds FAQs
What do chia seeds do?
Chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They are full of Omega-3, which are essential for brain and heart health. In fact, gram for gram, chia seeds have 10x more Omega-3 than salmon, 3.5x more antioxidants than blueberries, 15x more magnesium than broccoli and 5x more calcium than milk. Chia is also packed with dietary fiber (Mamma Chia beverages provide 26% more fiber than flax seed) and plant-based protein!
What do chia seeds taste like?
Chia is neutral in flavor so it can be easily incorporated into just about any recipe.
How long do chia seeds last?
Chia seeds will last up to 18 months at room temperature. We believe our product is best when consumed before the expiration date and do not recommend you consume your product if expired.
Where are chia seeds grown?
The birth places of chia were Mexico and Guatemala, but it is now grown in several other places around the world including Argentina, Ecuador and Paraguay.
Do chia seeds need to be ground?
Nope! Unlike flaxseeds, chia seeds do not have a hard shell and do not need to be ground in order to benefit from the nutrients.
How many chia seeds can be consumed per day?
Enjoy as much Mamma Chia as you’d like! One serving naturally includes Omega-3, dietary fiber, plant-based protein and minerals. You are not limited in the amount of Mamma Chia you can consume.
Are chia seeds the same as Chia Pet® seeds?
The chia seeds that we consume and the chia seeds used in the popular product, Chia Pet, are the same, just used in a different application. And no, you won’t start sprouting if you ingest chia seeds.
Mamma Chia FAQs
What is the best time to enjoy chia seeds or other chia products?
Any time is a great time to enjoy our Organic Chia Beverages and snacks! They can be enjoyed before, during or after meals – morning, afternoon, or night. Here are some of the ways you have told us you like to drink our Organic Chia Beverages:
- In the morning for energy instead of tea or coffee
- Throughout the day for sustained energy
- With or without a meal to help control your appetite
- One hour before working out to build stamina
- Immediately following a strenuous workout for recovery and replenishment
- In the evening as a tasty, satisfying dessert replacement
*Our Chia Energy Beverage contains caffeine, so we recommend consuming it earlier in the day, before a workout, or anytime an extra boost of energy is needed.
Do Mamma Chia products contain caffeine?
Our Vitality Beverages, Chia Squeeze and Chia Prebiotic Squeeze do not contain any caffeine; the vitality benefits come purely from our organic chia seeds! Our Chia Energy Beverages and Chia Energy Squeeze contain the same powerful nutrients from our organic chia seeds combined with 90mg of natural caffeine from organic yerba mate and organic green coffee bean!
Are Mamma Chia beverages and chia squeeze pasteurized?
Yes, our Chia Beverages, Chia Energy Beverages and Chia Squeeze are pasteurized for the safety of our community. However, it is minimally processed to preserve its nutritional integrity. All the nutritional benefits listed on our label reflect the potency of our products in their ready-to-enjoy state.
Are Mamma Chia products vegan?
All of Mamma Chia’s snacks and beverages are 100% vegan and contain no animal-derived ingredients.
Can Mamma Chia beverages be mixed with alcoholic beverages?
Yes, Mamma Chia beverages can be mixed with alcohol. It is recommended to drink your mixed alcoholic beverage with a straw to maintain the rich texture and seed balance.
Do I need to keep my Mamma Chia products in the refrigerator?
Mamma Chia Organic Chia Beverages and Chia Energy Beverages should be refrigerated before and after opening to preserve the beverage’s integrity and maintain the highest quality & taste. If unopened, they can be left overnight at room temperature, but it is recommended that they be chilled before enjoying. Our Chia Squeeze are shelf-stable and if unopened they do not need to be refrigerated. After opening, we recommend refrigerating and enjoying within 2 to 3 days.
What should I do if the expiration date on the product has passed?
We believe our products are best enjoyed in terms of flavor and quality when consumed before the expiration date.