America is probably most familiar with the chia plant through kitschy late night television ads featuring inexpensive terra cotta pottery. But, if a handful of food manufacturers succeed with product launches in late 2006 and early 2007, there may be a functional future ahead for this onetime dietary staple of Native Americans and Aztecs. Chia seeds can infuse foods with a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids, while significantly boosting a product's fiber, calcium and antioxidant content. And ...

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