Salba Chia compared to Generic Chia

Salba Smart Chia
Generic Chia


Salba® is the trademark for the registered varieties of Salvia Hispanic L. – Sahi Alba 911 and Sahi Alba 912 – the only two registered varieties in the world. Chia is the common name for at least two species of Salvia (Salvia hispanica and Salvia columbariae), which are grown as wild crops (with the exception of Salba). As wild crops, the nutrition and even species can vary depending on the region grown. Common chia strains can not be registered as varieties as they have not gone through the selective and separate breeding to show a pure, distinctive, uniform, stable variety, which is required for registration.

Nutritional Consistency

Salba chia is nutritionally consistent. Grown under strictly controlled conditions in Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia, Salba can maintain the consistency of phytonutrients from batch to batch. Salba has been selectively bread and tested for over 15 years to ensure a standardized nutritional profile. Generic chia is grown wild and/or by various farmers in Mexico, Central America and South America. Varying climates, growing conditions, and field compositions all affect the nutritional qualities of Chia, resulting in a very inconsistent and unreliable nutrient composition.

Omega-3 Content

Salba chia has 22.87g of Omega-3 (ALA) per 100g. Generic chia has 17.55g of Omega-3 (ALA) per 100g on average. Some crops may be lower or higher.

Protein Content

Salba chia has 21.2g per 100g. Generic chia has 15.62g per 100g on average. Again, this could fluctuate higher or lower.


Salba chia is white, blends into almost any food preparation and can therefore be seamlessly incorporated into diet. Generic chia is mostly black standing out against most foods.


Salba chia is the only registered variety of Salvia hispanica L. To be a registered variety means that the agricultural authorities find enough consistent and inheritable differences from other plants of the same species for it to be considered consistently unique. Generic chia is any unregistered “generic” strain of Salvia hispanica.

Finding the Roots

Salba chia is sold by partners of the growers. We can trace every crop back to its seeds and know step by step everything it has been subjected to from planting to your hands. This helps to ensure that Salba is therefore clean, consistent and safe. Generic chia is sold by traders who buy from other traders who buy from whichever crop is available at the time. Who knows where your chia has been or how old it might be.

Seed handling

Salba chia is planted from seeds grown and harvested in different plots of land to prevent cross hybridization and degradation of the variety. Generic chia is grown from the same seeds that are grown for selling. This causes further variation in the consistency of the product.


Salba chia is talked about in the blogs as being a life changing addition to their diets. Searching the blogs, you cannot find a bad comment about Salba except, possibly, the price. Generic chia is also talked about in the blogs, but not with nearly as much enthusiasm.

Growing conditions

Salba chia is grown by one grower under strictly controlled growing conditions. As an oily crop, the oil content and fatty acid profile can change up to 30% depending on weather conditions during growth stages. This is one of the reasons why Salba Seed is grown in Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia; the steady climate insures consistency in every harvest. Generic chia is grown throughout various warmer climates around the world. The varying climates and weather patterns that the crops are grown in means that you cannot be sure of the consistency of the harvest you are consuming.