Apparently, that is what some are suggesting. The seed of the popular toy-plant may have appetite suppression properties stemming from its high insoluble fiber content. It is also rich in ALA and relatively high in protein.
The New York Times wrote about it today, citing a paper from 2009 refuting the claim that it could have any significant impact on weight loss or health outcomes.
I was curious about eating something so adorable, so I read the paper. I was not impressed with the methodology that produced such bland findings.
You can read about it on the main Lose Weight Fight Hunger blog, as well as watch the original Chia Pet commercial.