Udi’s Adds Salba To Two of its New Breads

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Denver, Colo.-based Udi’s Gluten Free Foods adds nutrient-rich Salba to two of its new breads -- Udi’s Gluten-Free Omega-Salba Ancient Grain Bread, and Udi’s Gluten-Free Millet-Chia Bread.

Salba, which is enjoying rising popularity as a functional ingredient in health foods, is the most nutrient dense and most nutritionally consistent form of chia on the market today (a blend of the only two registered varieties (Sahi Alba 911 and 912) of Salvia hispanica L). Salba’s tiny white seeds pack a big nutritional benefit, in fact, gram for gram, Salba contains eight times more omega-3s than salmon, six times more calcium than milk, three times more iron than spinach, and 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries.
 
Because it is naturally gluten-free and neutral tasting, Salba is an ideal whole food for allergy sufferers, and can be added to everyday foods, as well as baked goods, for an optimum nutritional boost. 

"Its ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids is 4:1, which helps to restore the essential balance of fatty acids needed for good health," says Rally Ralston, managing partner of Salba Smart. "The average American diet generally contains far too few omega-3s, and far too many omega-6s, which over time can result in health problems such as heart disease, cancer and inflammation. Added to healthful, gluten-free breads, Salba contributes ‘calming’ omega-3s in levels far higher than you’d find in other fatty acid sources such as salmon and walnuts." 
 
Salba’s nutritional profile also offers those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance a range of additional benefits. With four times the fiber of flax seed, Salba serves as an exceptional replacement for the fiber that is often lacking in a gluten-free diet. Its ability to absorb 14 times its weight in water ensures that it moves slowly through the digestive tract making it possible to feel satisfied for longer. It is also rich in calcium and magnesium, which helps to restore nutritional deficiencies that result from impaired absorption, while aiding in intestinal healing.   
 
Salba is the only strain of chia that has undergone intensive peer reviewed clinical research with proven beneficial results. Led by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan at the University of Toronto, this research has demonstrated that Salba can help Type 2 diabetics to reduce cardiovascular risks and inflammation, and to lower blood pressure and blood glucose. Current research is evaluating how Salba’s proven ability to reduce appetite and increase satiety could translate to weight loss.
 
Suggested retail price for Udi’s Gluten-Free Omega-Salba Ancient Grain Bread (14.20 oz), and Gluten-Free Millet Chia Bread (12.0 oz), is $4.95 to 5.59.

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