FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Many people have stories about using canaryseed (alpiste) and say it has influenced their health. Some people claim it helps them maintain a healthy weight. Others say it supports normal health of the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and pancreas.
So far, however, there has been very little scientific study of alpiste benefits for humans, so use for these purposes is not yet substantiated.
For the well-being of consumers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not permit dietary supplement providers to discuss a product’s potential or known health benefits as related to a disease or condition. This is out of concern that people who may need to seek medical treatment might instead use products that have not undergone extensive testing for safety and effectiveness. Such a delay in seeking effective treatment could be harmful. With this in mind, we do not discuss specific diseases or health conditions here on our website.
We focus instead on the nutritional properties of Silica Fiber Free™ alpiste that may support normal health. Learn more
Traditional canaryseed hulls are covered in sharp, microscopic silica fibers, and there is a possible link between these sharp fibers and esophageal cancer.
For this reason, Pureza sells only Silica Fiber Free™ canaryseed. We contract directly with farmers in Canada who grow this special canaryseed for us. Learn more
Yes. Traditional varieties of alpiste, typically sold for bird food, have natural silica fibers on the hull that have been linked to certain types of cancer. For your health and safety, avoid these risks by buying only Silica Fiber Free™ alpiste.
Separately, whole canaryseed contains every part of the grain, including the fibrous hull, so if you have had difficulties digesting fiber or whole grains before, pay close attention to how consuming alpiste is affecting you. Consult a health professional immediately if you have any concerns. Learn more
Unless you break out the microscope, different varieties of canaryseed will appear identical to the naked eye.
Whether you're shopping online or in person, the safest thing to do is to look for the Silica Fiber Free™ seal on the package. Learn more
Certain regions of the world display a higher rate of esophageal cancer, and several studies have indicated that one contributor might be flour made from grain contaminated with alpiste. Learn more
No, that's not safe. Most bird food canaryseed naturally has sharp, potentially dangerous silica fibers on the hull, and human consumption of these fibers has been linked to esophageal cancer. To avoid this risk, make sure you buy only Silica Fiber Free™ canaryseed. Learn more
That's a great question. It's possible that canaries don't live long enough for their different physiology to react (they typically live 8-10 years).
No one knows for sure, but when scientists begin investigating canaryseed for humans, hopefully we'll learn the answer to this and other questions about canaryseed. Learn more
That's a great question!
Anecdotal evidence suggests some link between canaryseed and maintaining a healthy weight. Nutritional components suggest that it could support normal health of the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and pancreas.
To date, however, there have not been scientific studies done about how canaryseed might influence any type of human disease or health condition.
For the well-being of consumers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not permit dietary supplement providers to discuss a product’s potential or known health benefits as related to a disease or condition. This is out of concern that people who may need to seek medical treatment might instead use products that have not undergone extensive testing for safety and effectiveness. Such a delay in seeking effective treatment could be harmful.
With this in mind, on our website we don't discuss specific diseases or health conditions. We focus instead on the nutritional properties of Silica Fiber Free™ canaryseed that may support normal health. Learn more
Unfortunately, no. Because the silica canaryseed fibers, called spicules, are so very, very tiny, it's impossible without specialized industrial equipment to keep the silica fibers from clinging to the grains and contaminating the canaryseed flour or canaryseed milk. It’s much simpler and safer just to buy Silica Fiber Free™ alpiste to make canaryseed milk. Learn more
Many people have an 8-12 oz. canaryseed drink twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Others prefer to drink it throughout the day. Each serving contains approximately 5 tablespoons (measured dry) of canaryseed. Learn more
Absolutely. You may remove them or drink them down—it's entirely up to you. Learn more
Canaryseed is a good source of protein. Almost 20% of the groats (the seeds inside the hulls) is protein. It does not contain more protein per gram than meat.
Soaking grains softens them and reduces their phytic acid content which can otherwise inhibit nutrient absorption (iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc). It also activates the enzymatic break-down of starches, tannins and proteins.
At this time there is no such thing as certified organic canaryseed produced in the US or Canada, and certainly not Silica Fiber Free™ organic canaryseed. As soon as it becomes available, we will offer it to you! Learn more
One scientific study indicates that canaryseed has antioxidant activity very close to Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Learn more
5 tablespoons (47 grams) of dry canaryseed contains approximately 200 calories from 9 g of protein, 4 g of fat and 1 g of sugars. Learn more
Cooking canaryseed will destroy many of the enzymes in the seeds and decrease some of its nutritional value.
Most canaryseed (Phalaris canariensis) is grown in Canada, Hungary and Argentina.