Jam is delicious, but it is usually far from nutritious. All the preservatives and sugar in store-bought jam steal the goodness from what should be a healthy treat. Even most home made jams use pectin and rely on sugar to help the liquid set.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The pectin-sugar combo isn’t the only game in town. Chia seeds can be used in place of sugar to help the jam set. Then a healthy alternative sweetener, like organic honey, can be added to taste. Not only are we avoiding excessive sugar and preservatives, chia seeds come with a whole range of benefits. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in nutrients and known to fight inflammation.
— Erin Wildermuth