There’s no such thing as a bad question,
especially when there are really good answers.
What about allergens?
Salba Chia is free from all major allergens. However, some of our products are produced in facilities that may also process allergen-containing products. We do hold our retail processing facilities/co-packers to the strictest of standards and ensure they have good food safety practices in place to minimize the risk of cross-contamination as much as possible.
Do I need to grind the seeds to access Salba Chia's nutritional benefits?
Not at all! Unlike some other seeds, including flax, Salba Chia does not need to be ground for nutrient absorption. Enjoy Salba Chia Whole Seeds sprinkled on salads or yogurt or mixed into your favorite smoothie. For other ideas on how to use whole Salba Chia, visit our recipes page.
Do I need to wash Salba Chia?
The seeds do not need to be washed. Salba Chia is grown under strictly controlled conditions at our partner farms in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. We can trace our seeds back to their source, and we know how they have been handled along every step of the process, which means the product is clean, consistent, safe and ready for use.
How should I store my Salba Chia?
Because Salba contains natural antioxidants, you can store them at room temperature for a great length of time—up to several years, in fact. Store the seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. However, premium ground product should be refrigerated after opening.
Also, our Salba Chia single-serve packages, both whole seed and ground, can be kept in their original packaging until the expiration date printed on the package. The individual Boost pouches stay sealed until you are ready to use them, so they are fresh until the stated best-by date.
What is a variety and why is registration important?
Salba Chia consists of two varieties of Salvia hispanica L., the botanical name of the chia plant. These strains are two nutritionally consistent registered varieties of chia, and they are the only ones with a high enough quality to carry the Salba Chia name.
Variety registration is important because it indicates that agricultural authorities have deemed the strain unique from other plants of the same species. The differences that make Salba Chia unique from other chia plants are inheritable and consistent, which means that each generation of plant will produce the same, high-quality Salba Chia as the ones before.
In our products, that means you can expect to see the same light-colored, similarly sized, round Salba Chia seed from package to package. It also means you can count on the nutrient density to be the same each time you add Salba Chia to your drinks, meals or delights.
What are the benefits of chia seeds and what makes Salba Chia so special?
Chia seeds are incredibly nutrient dense. Gram for gram, they contain more omega-3s than Atlantic salmon, six times more calcium than whole milk, 2.8 times more antioxidants than pomegranates, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, three times more fibre than oats, three times more iron than spinach, and two times more potassium than bananas. Salba Chia offers even more benefits, as Salba contains a higher omega 3 content than regular chia seeds. What’s more, Salba Chia seeds are white in color and blend into food preparation, making them perfect for enhanced chia seed recipes.
What is chia seed pudding?
Chia seed pudding is another name for soaking chia seeds in liquid (usually nut milks), so that their texture and consistency become rich and creamy. Chia seed pudding is an excellent way to gain the health benefits of chia seeds, while adding a delicious new breakfast or snack to your food repertoire. You can find chia seed pudding recipes (also called “overnight chia seeds”) in our recipes section.