i really like crackers. a good cracker. made of flax and ground sprouted flours. fancy crackers. unfortunately, i am anaphylactic to chia seed, which many brands use in their fancy crackers. one single seed in my mouth, not even swallowed, will have me swollen and covered in hives, a purple horrible color, my eyes barely able to open for a good couple of weeks. i've never swallowed more than two. i imagine it wouldn't be very fun.
so, the chia seed is the actual seed of the salvia hispanica plant, in the mint family. it's hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs water very well, and has this gelatinous feel, making it an excellent vegan egg replacer. then they started popping up next to flax seeds in oatmeal. and in corn tortilla chips. and then crackers.
i don't really eat processed foods, but when i do buy them for my family, we get the good stuff. the minimally processed, organic stuff. this entails reading ingredients and photographing the box with chia in its ingredients, noting the company name and location. i need to know what equipment it is made on and what other products can have a chia seed in them. it's such a pain in the butt.
randomly buying a juice or smoothie isn't an option. a chia seed gummed onto the bottom of the blender, lodged itself in some little crevice? one chia seed dropped into some other add-in ingredient? nope.
even a vegan food truck here in the front range started offering chia seeds, which meant i couldn't support them anymore. or have those delicious noodles.
they put chia seed in makeup now.
i have yet to meet or hear of anyone else with a chia seed allergy. do you have any weird, pain in the butt allergies? do share!