United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28
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 100 g
# of Data Points Std. Error
oz 28.35 g
Proximates Water 5 g 5.80 1 -- 1.64
Proximates Energy kcal 486 -- -- 138
Proximates Energy kJ 2034 -- -- 577
Proximates Protein 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 g 16.54 21 1.238 4.69
Proximates Total lipid (fat) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 30.74 24 0.786 8.71
Proximates Ash 5 g 4.80 1 -- 1.36
Proximates Carbohydrate, by difference g 42.12 -- -- 11.94
Proximates Fiber, total dietary 8 g 34.4 2 -- 9.8
Minerals Calcium, Ca 1, 5 mg 631 2 -- 179
Minerals Iron, Fe 8 mg 7.72 2 -- 2.19
Minerals Magnesium, Mg 8 mg 335 2 -- 95
Minerals Phosphorus, P 1, 5, 8 mg 860 4 93.335 244
Minerals Potassium, K 5, 8 mg 407 3 246.430 115
Minerals Sodium, Na 5, 8 mg 16 3 3.020 5
Minerals Zinc, Zn 5, 8 mg 4.58 3 1.097 1.30
Minerals Copper, Cu 5, 8 mg 0.924 3 0.736 0.262
Minerals Manganese, Mn 5, 8 mg 2.723 3 0.557 0.772
Minerals Selenium, Se 8 µg 55.2 2 -- 15.6
Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 8 mg 1.6 2 -- 0.5
Vitamins Thiamin 8 mg 0.620 2 -- 0.176
Vitamins Riboflavin 8 mg 0.170 2 -- 0.048
Vitamins Niacin 8 mg 8.830 2 -- 2.503
Vitamins Folate, total 8 µg 49 2 -- 14
Vitamins Folate, food µg 49 2 -- 14
Vitamins Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00 -- -- 0.00
Vitamins Vitamin A, IU 8 IU 54 2 -- 15
Vitamins Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 8 mg 0.50 1 -- 0.14
Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated g 3.330 -- -- 0.944
Lipids 14:0 5 g 0.030 1 -- 0.009
Lipids 15:0 5 g 0.030 1 -- 0.009
Lipids 16:0 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 2.170 24 0.079 0.615
Lipids 17:0 1 g 0.063 1 -- 0.018
Lipids 18:0 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 0.912 24 0.031 0.259
Lipids 20:0 1, 5 g 0.093 2 -- 0.026
Lipids 22:0 1 g 0.032 1 -- 0.009
Lipids Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 2.309 -- -- 0.655
Lipids 14:1 5 g 0.030 1 -- 0.009
Lipids 16:1 undifferentiated 1, 3, 5 g 0.029 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 2.203 23 0.122 0.625
Lipids 20:1 1, 5 g 0.046 2 -- 0.013
Lipids Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 23.665 -- -- 6.709
Lipids 18:2 undifferentiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 5.835 24 0.283 1.654
Lipids 18:2 n-6 c,c 8 g 5.835 2 -- 1.654
Lipids 18:3 undifferentiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 g 17.830 24 0.722 5.055
Lipids 18:3 n-3 c,c,c (ALA) 8 g 17.830 2 -- 5.055
Lipids Fatty acids, total trans 8 g 0.140 2 -- 0.040
Lipids Cholesterol mg 0 -- -- 0
Amino Acids Tryptophan 8 g 0.436 -- -- 0.124
Amino Acids Threonine 8 g 0.709 -- -- 0.201
Amino Acids Isoleucine 8 g 0.801 -- -- 0.227
Amino Acids Leucine 8 g 1.371 -- -- 0.389
Amino Acids Lysine 8 g 0.970 -- -- 0.275
Amino Acids Methionine 8 g 0.588 -- -- 0.167
Amino Acids Cystine 8 g 0.407 -- -- 0.115
Amino Acids Phenylalanine 8 g 1.016 -- -- 0.288
Amino Acids Tyrosine 8 g 0.563 -- -- 0.160
Amino Acids Valine 8 g 0.950 -- -- 0.269
Amino Acids Arginine 8 g 2.143 -- -- 0.608
Amino Acids Histidine 8 g 0.531 -- -- 0.151
Amino Acids Alanine 8 g 1.044 -- -- 0.296
Amino Acids Aspartic acid 8 g 1.689 -- -- 0.479
Amino Acids Glutamic acid 8 g 3.500 -- -- 0.992
Amino Acids Glycine 8 g 0.943 -- -- 0.267
Amino Acids Proline 8 g 0.776 -- -- 0.220
Amino Acids Serine 8 g 1.049 -- -- 0.297

Sources of Data

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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