What You Should Know
Salba®Whole Food Grain is a food supplement that you add to whatever you are eating in order to increase its nutritional value. According to the manufacturer, Salba® Whole Food Grain adds more Omega 3 fatty acids to your food than is contained in salmon, more antioxidants than blueberries, and an additional 25% more fiber than flax seed. The marketing materials do not state, however, what quantities of salmon, blueberries and flax seed are involved in this comparison.
Advertised as “nature’s most powerful whole food, Salba® is a product made of 100% pure salvia hispanica L. Salvia hispanica, also known as Chia, is a flowering plant related to mint. Pre-Columbian Aztecs cultivated the plant for the seeds. An independent analysis of these seeds shows they contain about 20% protein, 34% oil, and 25% dietary fiber. They are a significant antioxidant source. The oil from the seeds contains around 65% Omega 3 fatty acids.
Salba®Smart Natural Products, LLC was founded in 2006. The company’s nutrition claims are based on research into salvia hispanica L at the University of Toronto. They not only manufacture and market the Whole Food Grain supplement, but also have a line of snack foods such as tortilla chips and pretzels, and health shakes containing salvia Hispanica. Their Whole Food Grain is available ground or whole.
Salba®(Salvia hispanica L.) Nutritional facts: A 12-gram serving provides 4 grams total fat (Omega 3 fatty acids), 2 mg sodium, 79 mg potassium, 4.5 g carbohydrate, 4.1 g dietary fiber, 2.5 g protein.
Salba® Whole Food Grain has little flavor on its own. You can choose ground or whole seeds, since, according to the manufacturer, the seeds deliver the same nutritional impact in either form. The company recommends sprinkling Salba® on cereal, sandwiches, salads and eggs; mixing it into smoothies, soups, and sauces; or incorporating it into baking by replacing 1/6 of the flour with the whole grain product. The company publishes several recipes on its website as well.
The seeds used in Salba® products are Peruvian-grown. They are one of the few health supplements that have undergone independent, scientific verification of nutritional value. Scientific studies at such institutions as St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have shown Salvia hispanica L to be beneficial in controlling diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
- Easy to use as part of a balanced diet
- Ground or whole seed choices
- Fiber fills you up and you will eat less
- Despite the lack of flavor, you may not like the change of texture in your food
- Seeds may be difficult for your system to digest
- Fiber may upset your digestion
Although Salba® Whole Food Grain is proven to be beneficial in controlling specific diseases, it has not been independently tested for the degree to which the body absorbs its nutrients, nor is there non-biased feedback regarding its taste and texture. Before spending as much as $25 on the supplement, borrow a taste from a friend, if possible, to see how your palate and your digestion tolerate this product.