The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, yogurt, or mixed into drinks and baked goods. Salba Chia is grown under controlled conditions in the fertile soil of South America using traditional and cutting edge agricultural techniques creating a nutritional consistency that is not found in any other variety of chia. This chia is not treated chemically in any way prior to sowing, and no pesticides are used at any time. Salba chia is allowed to ripen naturally before harvesting and is not subjected to any chemical treatments post-harvest.
- Salba is a standardized nutritionally consistent crop.
- Salba is consistently higher in Omega-3 fatty acids than chia.
- Salba is consistently higher in protein than chia.
- Salba is grown under controlled conditions in the Desert Coast of Peru.
- Salba is more appealing in food preparation than chia.
- Salba is whitish in color while common chia is black.
- Salba has undergone intensive clinical examination, unlike chia.
- Salba is supported by extensive health and medical claims, unlike chia.
- Salba contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than flax.
- Salba is multi-dimensional, while flax is mainly used for enhanced amounts of Omega-3s.
- Salba has a mild, pleasant taste, while flax has a strong, dominant flavor.
- Salba has received critical acclaim for it’s diversity in the kitchen, while flax is limited in recipe development.
- Salba whole seed can be absorbed by the digestive system. Flax must be ground for use.
- Salba absorbs 8-12 times its weight in water, while flax only absorbs roughly 6 times.
- Salba is 100% non-toxic, while flax contains Linamarin – a cyanogenic glycoside.
While quinoa contains a moderate amount of fiber, at 2.6 grams per half-cup serving, each serving of salba significantly increases your fiber intake. A single ounce of seeds contains 9.8 grams of dietary fiber — 39 percent of the suggested daily fiber intake for women and 26 percent for men, according to the Institute of Medicine. Fiber helps to reduce your cholesterol and lowers your risk of coronary heart disease. It also helps stabilize your blood sugar levels and helps you feel full between meals, making it an important nutrient for weight loss or maintenance.
Salba also offers more mineral content over quinoa, and serves as as a rich source of calcium and manganese. Calcium nourishes your bones and supports heart and nerve function, while manganese strengthens your connective tissues and helps you produce energy. Each ounce of salba contains 179 milligrams of calcium, or 18 percent of the recommended daily intake, according to the Institute of Medicine, as well as 0.8 milligrams of manganese — 44 percent of the recommended daily intake for women and 35 percent for men. A serving of quinoa contains 0.6 milligrams of manganese and just 16 milligrams of calcium.
Salba contains more niacin, but less folate than quinoa. Niacin and folate both support your metabolism — niacin helps you break down nutrients into energy, while folate allows you to metabolize compounds you need to make protein and DNA. An ounce of salba contains 2.5 milligrams of niacin — 16 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 18 percent for women, according to the Institute of Medicine. Quinoa provides 39 micrograms of folate per half-cup serving, or 10 percent of your recommended daily intake.
Hemp has much less in common with the other two. For one thing, hemp provides 50 to 75% more protein then either flax or chia. On the other hand, it has virtually no fiber. Soak a tablespoon of hemp in liquid and you just end up with wet hemp.
Hemp also isn’t as high in omega-3s. Flax and chia both provide about 2400 mg of omega-3 per tablespoon, while hemp only provides about 1000 mg. In addition, hemp is also much higher in omega-6. Flax and chia both provide about three times as much omega-3 as omega-6. With hemp, the ratio is reverse: about 3 times as much omega-6 as omega-3.
You need a balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fats in your diet. In general, our diets tend to be much higher in omega-6 than omega-3. And that’s what makes foods like flax and chia (as well as fish) so valuable: They provide a lot of omega-3 and not very much omega-6. Hemp, on the other hand, provides a lot of omega-3 but a whole lot more omega-6. So, as a way to balance the omegas in your diet, hemp is not as useful.