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Effect of incorporating chia seed or chia oil on plasmatic lipid profile

Fernández, I.1, R. Ayerza (h)2, W. Coates2,
S.M. Vidueiros1, N. Slobodianik1, and A.N. Pallaro1.
<1 Laboratorio de Nutrición Experimental. Cátedra de Nutrición. Facultad de Farmacia
y Bioquímica. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 Office of Arid Lands Studies, The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85706, USA.

Abstract

The effect on serum lipid profile of Wistar rats fed chia seed or oil for 30 days was studied. The CH group received a diet containing 15% chia seed and sufficient casein to provide 20% protein in the diet; the A group received casein as the protein source, and the same amount of chia oil as was delivered by the 15% chia seed diet; the C group (control) received only casein as the protein source. Total cholesterol (CHO), triglycerides (G), HDL and LDL cholesterol, and the CHO:HDL ratio were measured. Compared to the control the CH treatment resulted in statistically lower CHO and TG values and a higher HDL value; while treatment A gave a statistically lower value for TG and a higher value for HDL; the CHO:HDL ratio was significantly lower for both the CH and A treatments compared with the control. Thus adding chia to the diet, either as seed or oil, provided a hypolipidemic effect.

Proceedings of the XI Congreso Latinoamericano de Grasas y Aceites, Buenos Aires y Rosario, Argentina, pp. 352-353 (2005).

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