United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release
Try FoodData Central Full Report (All Nutrients):  12006, Seeds, chia seeds, dried
Food Group: Nut and Seed Products
Scientific Name:  Salvia hispanica
Carbohydrate Factor: 4.07   Fat Factor:8.37   Protein Factor: 3.47   Nitrogen to Protein Conversion Factor: 5.3  
heading Nutrient Unit
Value per 12 g
# of Data Points Std. Error
oz 28.35 g
Proximates Water 5 g 0.70 1 -- 1.64
Proximates Energy kcal 58 -- -- 138
Proximates Energy kJ 244 -- -- 577
Proximates Protein 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 g 1.98 21 1.230 4.69
Proximates Total lipid (fat) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 3.69 24 0.780 8.71
Proximates Ash 5 g 0.58 1 -- 1.36
Proximates Carbohydrate, by difference g 5.05 -- -- 11.94
Proximates Fiber, total dietary 8 g 4.1 2 -- 9.8
Minerals Calcium, Ca 1, 5 mg 76 2 -- 179
Minerals Iron, Fe 8 mg 0.93 2 -- 2.19
Minerals Magnesium, Mg 8 mg 40 2 -- 95
Minerals Phosphorus, P 1, 5, 8 mg 103 4 93.000 244
Minerals Potassium, K 5, 8 mg 49 3 246.000 115
Minerals Sodium, Na 5, 8 mg 2 3 3.000 5
Minerals Zinc, Zn 5, 8 mg 0.55 3 1.090 1.30
Minerals Copper, Cu 5, 8 mg 0.111 3 0.736 0.262
Minerals Manganese, Mn 5, 8 mg 0.327 3 0.557 0.772
Minerals Selenium, Se 8 µg 6.6 2 -- 15.6
Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 8 mg 0.2 2 -- 0.5
Vitamins Thiamin 8 mg 0.074 2 -- 0.176
Vitamins Riboflavin 8 mg 0.020 2 -- 0.048
Vitamins Niacin 8 mg 1.060 2 -- 2.503
Vitamins Folate, total 8 µg 6 2 -- 14
Vitamins Folate, food µg 6 2 -- 14
Vitamins Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00 -- -- 0.00
Vitamins Vitamin A, IU 8 IU 6 2 -- 15
Vitamins Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 8 mg 0.06 1 -- 0.14
Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.400 -- -- 0.944
Lipids 14:0 5 g 0.004 1 -- 0.009
Lipids 15:0 5 g 0.004 1 -- 0.009
Lipids 16:0 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 0.260 24 0.079 0.615
Lipids 17:0 1 g 0.008 1 -- 0.018
Lipids 18:0 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 0.109 24 0.031 0.259
Lipids 20:0 1, 5 g 0.011 2 -- 0.026
Lipids 22:0 1 g 0.004 1 -- 0.009
Lipids Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.277 -- -- 0.655
Lipids 14:1 5 g 0.004 1 -- 0.009
Lipids 16:1 undifferentiated 1, 3, 5 g 0.003 9 0.002 0.008
Lipids 17:1 1 g 0.000 1 -- 0.000
Lipids 18:1 undifferentiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 0.264 23 0.122 0.625
Lipids 20:1 1, 5 g 0.006 2 -- 0.013
Lipids Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 2.840 -- -- 6.709
Lipids 18:2 undifferentiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 0.700 24 0.283 1.654
Lipids 18:2 n-6 c,c 8 g 0.700 2 -- 1.654
Lipids 18:3 undifferentiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 2.140 24 0.722 5.055
Lipids 18:3 n-3 c,c,c (ALA) 8 g 2.140 2 -- 5.055
Lipids Fatty acids, total trans 8 g 0.017 2 -- 0.040
Lipids Cholesterol mg 0 -- -- 0
Amino Acids Tryptophan 8 g 0.052 -- -- 0.124
Amino Acids Threonine 8 g 0.085 -- -- 0.201
Amino Acids Isoleucine 8 g 0.096 -- -- 0.227
Amino Acids Leucine 8 g 0.165 -- -- 0.389
Amino Acids Lysine 8 g 0.116 -- -- 0.275
Amino Acids Methionine 8 g 0.071 -- -- 0.167
Amino Acids Cystine 8 g 0.049 -- -- 0.115
Amino Acids Phenylalanine 8 g 0.122 -- -- 0.288
Amino Acids Tyrosine 8 g 0.068 -- -- 0.160
Amino Acids Valine 8 g 0.114 -- -- 0.269
Amino Acids Arginine 8 g 0.257 -- -- 0.608
Amino Acids Histidine 8 g 0.064 -- -- 0.151
Amino Acids Alanine 8 g 0.125 -- -- 0.296
Amino Acids Aspartic acid 8 g 0.203 -- -- 0.479
Amino Acids Glutamic acid 8 g 0.420 -- -- 0.992
Amino Acids Glycine 8 g 0.113 -- -- 0.267
Amino Acids Proline 8 g 0.093 -- -- 0.220
Amino Acids Serine 8 g 0.126 -- -- 0.297

Sources of Data

1R. Ayerza, Wayne Coates An omega-3 fatty acid enriched chia diet: Influence on egg fatty acid composition, cholesterol and oil content , 1999 Canadian Journal of Animal Science 79   pp.53-58
2R. Ayerza, Wayne Coates Some quality components of four chia (Salvia hispanica L.) genotypes grown under tropical coastal desert ecosystem conditions , 2009 Asian J Plant Sci 8 4   pp.301-307
3R. Ayerza, Wayne Coates Influence of environment on growing period and yield, protein, oil and a-linolenic content of three chia (Salvia hispanica L.) selections , 2009 Industrial Crops and Products 30   pp.321-324
4R. Ayerza, Wayne Coates Composition of chia (Salvia hispanica) grown in six tropical and subtropical ecosystems of South America , 2004 Tropical Science 44   pp.131-135
5Ministry of Public Health Analysis of Salvia hispanica chia seed , 2003    
6B. Heuer Effect of late salinization of chia (Salvia hispanica), stock (Matthiola tricuspidata) and evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) on their oil content and quality , 2002 Industrial Crops and Products 15   pp.163-167
7R. Ayerza, Wayne Coates Seed yield, oil content and fatty acid composition of three botanical sources of +-3 fatty acid planted in the Yungas ecosystem of tropical Argentina , 2008 Tropical Science 47 4   pp.183-187
8AZChia Personal communication with Wayne Coates, PhD of AZChia, professor emeritus at U Arizona , 2011    
Langual Code(s)

  • A0305 SEED OR SEED PRODUCT (US CFR)
  • A1282 1200 NUT AND SEED PRODUCTS (USDA SR)
  • B1723 CHIA
  • C0155 SEED
  • E0150 WHOLE, NATURAL SHAPE
  • F0001 EXTENT OF HEAT TREATMENT NOT KNOWN
  • G0003 COOKING METHOD NOT APPLICABLE
  • H0138 WATER REMOVED
  • J0116 DEHYDRATED OR DRIED
  • K0003 NO PACKING MEDIUM USED
  • M0001 CONTAINER OR WRAPPING NOT KNOWN
  • N0001 FOOD CONTACT SURFACE NOT KNOWN
  • P0024 HUMAN FOOD, NO AGE SPECIFICATION