What Is Salba?

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Core Naturals sells Salba, the trademarked name for its food supplements made with white chia seeds. Salba is a whole grain that contains fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients. The seeds can be eaten raw or added to recipes.


Core Naturals markets Salba as "nature's most perfect whole food," saying that is true because of its fiber, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, folate and Omega-3 fatty acid content.


Salba is available in several forms, including whole seeds, ground seeds, oil, oil gelcaps and food bars. You can add Salba to prepared foods or recipes. A serving of raw seeds is about 1 tbsp.


According to Core Naturals, Salba can aid digestion, increase energy, improve skin tone and control hunger. The company also cites a 2007 study that found Salba may help reduce cardiovascular-disease risk in people with well-controlled Type 2 diabetes.


Salba is a whole food that contains protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, alpha linolenic acid and fiber. It is also gluten-free. Salba has a neutral taste.


Salba is a type of white chia seed (Salvia hispanica L) grown in Peru. Core Naturals says "non-GMO selective breeding" has resulted in seeds that are nutritionally superior to other types of chia seeds.

Fun Fact

Chia seeds are the same seeds that produce the green "hair" on the pottery figurines known as "Chia Pets."


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