We’ve done a couple of posts on soaking chia seeds and a common question seems to be, Can I soak Chia Seeds in hot water? And also, Should I soak Chia Seeds in Cold or Hot water?
We will look at this question in this post.
What are Soaked Chia Seeds?
Chia Seeds are a seed which comes in a raw form. They are like little dry balls or seeds, much like poppy seeds. But, Chia Seeds have an interesting property. They can absorb up to 19 times their own weight in water!
When you put Chia Seeds in water or another liquid, they will slowly absorb the liquid they are in. They will eventually form a gel like gooey substance. Almost like something from a science experiment!
Why Soak Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds in their raw form can cause a problem when you eat them. It isn’t a huge deal, but they will stick to your teeth and gums. This is because they absorb water, so when they contact the wet surface in your mouth, they have a tendency to swell and get stuck between your teeth. They can be a little annoying.
When you soak chia seeds however, they swell and absorb water ahead of time. Then when you eat them, they don’t tend to stick in your mouth any longer.
Also, when chia seeds are soaked, they don’t have a crunchy texture to them when you add them to your foods. This makes them also slightly more pleasant to eat.
Another reason to soak chia seeds is there is a belief that soaking seeds or any nut, will remove phytic acid from the seed. Phytic acid is a natural protective mechanism that plants have on them to protect them from predators. By soaking nuts or seeds or chia seeds, it’s believed to reduce the phytic acid, making it easier to digest in our system.
See more at Do You Need to Soak Chia Seeds Before Eating?
How to Soak Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are pretty easy to soak. You can find a full article I’ve written on how to soak chia seeds here.
Can I Soak Chia Seeds in Hot Water?
This is a common question, Can I soak Chia Seeds in hot water or warm water?
Soaking chia seeds in hot water is perfectly fine to do, but you don’t have to. Soaking chia seeds in cold water is acceptable and will have the same result.
I’ve read that cooking chia seeds can destroy the nutrients. I don’t know if this is true or not, since I don’t think any scientific studies have been done on this. But, if that’s true, you might want to keep chia seeds away from hot water, at least very hot water.
Will the temperature of the water actually have an effect on the chia seeds nutrition? That’s unknown. But since you can soak them in the same way in cold water or room temperature water, you might as well just use that instead of hot water which could potentially affect them.
The only thing that you really want to make sure of, is not the temperature of the water, but the cleanliness of the water. Make sure you are using clean and drinkable water to soak chia seeds in, since you will be consuming the water with the chia seeds as well.
So, to answer the question, we have always soaked chia seeds in cold water, and they have always been fine and formed a nice chia seed gel. I have never used hot water or warm water and there doesn’t seem to be a need to do so.
Do You Soak Chia Seeds in Hot or Cold Water?
I soak in cold water and have always been happy with that. Either way should have the same results. It’s a matter of preference.
There is no need to soak in hot water, and the heat may have a negative effect on the nutrition content, but that’s not confirmed.
Does Heat Destroy Chia Seeds?
I’ve read that cooking chia seeds can destroy the nutrients, but I don’t know how true that actually is. There don’t seem to be any studies on the matter.
A lot of foods do change their nutritional content when they are heated, and heat can destroy nutrition. But, in some cases with certain foods, heat can actually make them more nutritious in some ways, and more easily digested by us.
How Do You Drink Chia Seeds in Hot Water?
If you do choose to drink chia seeds in hot water, you could take a cup of hot water, and add around a half tablespoon to the water and mix. Wait about 15 minutes and you can drink. If it is too thick, then use less chia seeds, or just sprinkle some in.
If you add too many chia seeds, the water will become too thick and you won’t be able to drink it straight.
Can I Soak Chia Seeds in Boiling Water?
I wouldn’t recommend soaking chia seeds in boiling water. The extremely hot water is unnecessary and might break down some of the nutrient value of the chia seeds.
Can I Soak Chia Seeds in Cold Water?
Yes, I think cold water or room temperature water is the best to soak chia seeds in.
How Long Should Chia Seeds be Soaked?
I’ve written a post on how long to soak chia seeds over at How Long to Soak Chia Seeds in Water, Almond or Coconut Milk.
How Much Chia Seeds Per Day?
I eat about two tablespoons of soaked chia seeds for my breakfast. You could add to this and eat another two tablespoons at another meal in the day as well.
Final Thoughts on Can I Soak Chia Seeds in Hot Water
So, as we can see, chia seeds can be soaked in hot water if you choose to. But, they do not have to be soaked in hot water or warm water. They can be soaked just fine in cold water and it will have the same result.
Also, this is uncertain as to the effect, but there might be a degradation of the nutrients in chia seeds when added to heat. So, it might be best to soak them in cold water or room temperature water instead.
The main thing to remember is to make sure the water is clean and drinkable.