Finding chia seeds in Malaysia is not difficult as they sold in almost every supermarket under different brands.
Chia seeds are full of nutrients and are easy to add in many dishes! And because they are relatively tasteless, this makes it easy to give to young kids as well.
Don’t know which chia seed to go for? That’s what this list is for!
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What Are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica which originates from Central America and is a member of the mint family.
The seeds may be tiny but are a nutritional powerhouse, AKA a superfood.
While hard and grainy when dry, chia seeds become almost gelatinous (looking a bit like frog eggs) when mixed with water.
They do not have much taste to them so they can be mixed into a variety of food without altering the taste.
Because of this, chia seeds are a highly versatile ingredient and are often used in desserts, beverages like morning smoothies, or sprinkled over salads and oatmeal, or baked in bread!
Chia Seed Benefits – Are Chia Seeds Good For Your Health?
Chia seeds have amazing health benefits apart from being a yummy ingredient in your poke bowl.
We have listed the 5 benefits of chia seeds below. The benefits are applicable for both adults and kids!
1. Source Of Omega Fatty Acids
High in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, chia seeds provide an amazing alternative to your usual omega fatty acids ingredients such as fish. Which makes it great for vegetarians or vegans.
Omega fatty acids are crucial for many in protecting the heart, improving blood sugar as well as a boost in mental health (e.g., ADHD in children)!
Young kids will benefit greatly from consuming chia seeds but make sure to really soak them in water or milk first.
2. Improve Digestive Health
The fibre content in chia seeds is a whopping 10g per serving! That takes up to about 45% of your fibre needs in a day based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Therefore, including chia seeds into your diet will lead to smoother bowel movement. It goes without saying that chia seeds will be especially great for those suffering from constipation.
3. Keeps You Feeling Full
If you’re looking to go on a healthy diet to lose some weight, incorporating chia seeds into your meals will help you feel fuller for a longer time.
The high fibre and protein content of chia seeds means it takes longer to get through the digestive tract which in turn keeps you feeling full and satiated before your next meal.
4. Loaded With Antioxidants
High in antioxidants, chia seeds contain enough of it to have boost protection for your liver and heart. On top of that, it has anticancer properties as well!
5. Supports Bone Health
Apart from fibre and protein, chia seeds are also packed with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium which are important ingredients in maintaining good bone health.
So if you are lactose intolerant, chia seeds are another dairy-free alternative for calcium!
11 Best Chia Seed Brands In Malaysia
1. Spoon Health Organic Chia Seed
Spoon Health Organic Chia Seed is an affordable brand of chia seed that is available in a few stores as well renown pharmacies such as Watsons.
It is a GMO-free product and the packaging is convenient as it comes with a zip lock to ensure freshness.
Furthermore, these chia seeds are USDA organic certified and halal-certified.
Packed in a 450g packet, the chia seeds should last you a good 30 days. Alternatively, there is a 150g packet available as well if you don’t plan on getting that many.
Once opened though, you will have to keep it refrigerated for up to 3 months so if you aren’t going to use it often, it’s best to purchase the smaller packet.
2. COSWAY Mildura Natural Whole Chia Seed
Coming all the way from sunny Mexico, COSWAY Mildura Natural Whole Chia Seed is packed in a 500g packet.
Unfortunately, this COSWAY product is quite pricey on their website but you can get it cheaper online (via Shopee).
On the plus side, it is carefully picked and processed in a HACCP and ISO certified facility in Germany.
But because, the packaging doesn’t have a zip lock, you will need to transfer the seeds into an airtight container.
However, once in gel form, you may store them in the fridge for up to a week!
3. Lohas Organic Chia Seeds
Packed in a 200gm vacuum-sealed packet, Lohas Organic Chia Seeds come all the way from Argentina or Bolivia.
The expiry date is clearly stated and so are the nutrition facts – for instance, there is 31.4g of fat for a serving size of 100g.
Most notably, the seeds are certified organic by USDA Organic.
Granted, there are cheaper organic chia seeds to be found in Malaysia (like the Organic Fields Chia Seed) but Lohas Organic Chia Seeds are certified by a credible third party (USDA Organic).
You can get these organic-certified chia seeds on the official Lohas website or health specialty stores like NHF (Natural Health Farm), but there are sellers on Lazada and Shopee too.
4. Country Farm Organics Organic Superfoods Premium Chia Seeds
Country Farm Organics chia seeds come from Mexico and are packed in a convenient zip lock bag. Where there a clear ingredient label and additional information on how to use the seeds. A recipe is included at the back of the packet.
This chia seed brand is easy to get a hold of in Malaysia as you can find it in many leading pharmacies such as Watsons.
However, if you purchase them online you can usually get it cheaper in bulk. That said, after opening the packets, you will have to store the seeds in the refrigerator.
On another note, these seeds are certified organic by USDA Organic and are halal certified!
5. Love Earth Organic Pocket Chia Seeds
This uber convenient pocket size chia seeds from Love Earth Organic come from Bolivia. The chia seeds are packaged in little 28g plastic bottles and comes in a pack of 4.
Those who like making smoothies on the go will appreciate their portability. Besides, the smaller portions keep the seeds fresh for longer (i.e., the rest of the seeds are not unnecessarily exposed to oxygen).
And while the ingredient label is not very easy to read on the bottle, you can get the information from the official site.
However, for a total of 112g, it is quite pricey if you compared it to Country Farm Organics Organic Superfoods Premium Chia Seeds which comes in a pack of 300g for just an extra RM7.
These pocket-sized chia seeds are however, KKM Mesti certified, Jakim Halal certified and Australia NASAA organic certified.
6. Radiant Organic Chia Seed
Radiant Organic Chia Seed comes in a handy tub of 200g (refill packs are not available) and can be found in local pharmacies such as BIG pharmacy.
Or you can order them online from happyfresh or health specialty stores like GreenWellness.
The seeds come from Bolivia and organic by third party, OKO-Garantie Germany. Plus, this chia seed brand in Malaysia is also halal certified.
Both the ingredient and instruction list are on the back of the tub as well. Of the chia seed brands available in Malaysia, Radiant Organic Chia Seed is one of the most affordable!
7. Organic Fields Organic Chia Seed
Organic Fields Organic Chia Seed can be found in many stores including B.I.G, Jaya Grocer, Village Grocer and a variety of other pharmacies.
Alternatively, you can always purchase them online on popular shopping platforms like Shopee or Lazada.
We like that the seeds are sold in several sizes – a 100g, 300g as well as 1kg.
The 300g and 1kg sizes are in tubs which means you can always pick up the 100g packets to refill your tubs when they are empty.
But Organic Fields Organic Chia Seed are definitely not as cheap as Country Farm Organics Organic Superfoods Premium Chia Seeds. We’d consider them to be a mid-priced product instead.
And while Organic Fields Organic Chia Seed is Mesti certified, there isn’t a halal certification to be seen on the packaging.
8. Halvia Organic Chia Seeds
Halvia Organic Chia Seeds by Naturecare.life originates from south Mexico. And while this chia seed brand may be difficult to track down in physical stores, it can be bought online via their website or on their official Shopee store.
They only sell a 1kg pack that is in simple plastic packaging so you will need to get an airtight container to store it.
It’s worth noting that the price is quite expensive!
But the seeds go through multiple stages of cleaning by professionals. Plus, they are is USDA and EU certified organic chia seeds.
Additionally, this chia seed brand is HACCP and GMP certified as well as halal certified.
9. Watsons Nutrabliss Organic Chia Seed
This Watsons in-house product can be found either in their store or on their Shopee page. It’s considerably the easiest product to find on this list as it’s coming from a well-known pharmacy.
It also helps that the price is affordable, and the packaging is convenient with has a zip lock and the ingredients listed on the back. Once opened, you will need to store the chia seeds in the fridge.
Moreover, the seeds only come in one size which is 200g.
The origin of the chia seeds is vaguely specified (e.g., South America) but the seeds do have a halal certification and are certified organic by BioGro, a New Zealand based third party organization for carrying out organic certification.
10. Zens Organic Chia Seed
If you aren’t a fan of the texture of chia seeds, consider Zens Organic Chia Seed powder is basically grounded chia seeds.
By the way, there is no difference in nutritional value although chia seed powder has a stronger nutty taste to it.
Plus, unlike with the seeds where each one is gelatinous when mixed with drinks, chia seed powder will turn the entire drink gelatinous.
So this effect interestingly makes chia seed powder a great vegan alternative to eggs when baking.
Unfortunately, we can’t be too sure about its halal certification so proceed with caution. On the other hand, it is USDA certified and comes in a handy zip lock bag!
11. Sun Nature Organic White Chia Seeds
Don’t let the name fool you, there is no nutritional difference between white and black chia seeds other than the outer shell.
But even so, they can be more expensive because white chia seeds are rarer than black chia seeds.
That said, Sun Nature Organic White Chia Seeds is still affordable and can be found in stores such as Jaya Grocer, UrbanFresh Marketplace as well as on online stores.
Imported from Bolivia, these chia seeds are packed in a zip lock bag with the ingredient and nutritional list prominent on the back of the bag.
Note: This chai seed brand does not appear to have halal certification.
While there isn’t any difference in taste between the brands, the way the seeds are processed, certified, or packaged are reasons why you look at these 11 chia seed brands you can find in Malaysia.
Zip lock bags are easier to store in refrigerators but buying the seeds in bulk (in larger tubs) is usually cheaper. Of course, this all depends on how much and how often you use chia seeds in your diet.