Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tsampa?

Tsampa is the food staple of the Himalayan people, known for its lasting energy. Tsampa is made from sprouted and roasted organic barley. From the Khampa’s in the east to the Ladakhi’s in the west, Tsampa has been a source of lasting energy for centuries.  The Dalai Lama eats Tsampa as part of his healthy diet, and Sherpa mountaineers fuel up with Tsampa before they climb the highest peaks in the world.

How do I eat Tsampa?

Tsampa is incredibly versatile, can be eaten hot or cold, Just mix your tsampa with with water, milk, or yogurt, blend into a smoothie, or try in any of the recipes on our website! Since the barley is already roasted, the tsampa does not need to be cooked, only rehydrated. Super convenient!

Does tsampa need to be cooked?

Tsampa does not require cooking. The grain is roasted then ground, so what you are eating is already cooked. All you need to do is add hot or cold liquid to Tsampa and mix. It’s  quick and easy to prepare, and that’s perfect for people on the go!

Is tsampa like oatmeal?

While tsampa and oatmeal share similar amounts of protein and beta-glucan content, tsampa is superior to oatmeal in many key nutritional categories. For example, tsampa has fewer calories.  It’s lower in fat, higher in fiber, and most importantly, has a lower glycemic index than Oatmeal, which gives you long lasting energy.

Does Tsampa taste good?

Yes, tsampa is delicious! Our 5 flavors delight a variety of palates and our Traditional Tsampa, which is pure tsampa with no additional flavors, has a rich nuttyness which lends itself to any range of flavors and makes a great base for savory dishes, smoothies, burgers, or anything else you can dream up.

Why should I eat Tsampa?

That’s a great question! For starters, you should eat it because it’s not only delicious but also very nutritious.  It’s rich in fiber and minerals. Because of barley’s low glycemic index, tsampa is metabolized more slowly than refined grains. , You don’t get hungry as quickly and you have more even energy for hours after eating tsampa.

Tsampa Nutrition

What are the health benefits of eating Tsampa?

Grains like barley are rich in soluble fiber, has been proven to reduce cholesterol.

How much fiber is in Tsampa?

Tsampa is a great source of dietary fiber, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. Each 40g serving has 5 grams of dietary fiber.  Interesting fact: ounce for ounce Tsampa has over twice the fiber of an apple!

How much whole grain is present?

Our tsampa is made with 100% whole grain.

Is Tsampa organic and non-GMO?

Yes, Tsampa is certified USDA organic by Oregon Tilth and verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. 

How much added sugar is in the cereals ?

Our Traditional Tsampa has no added sugar. For our flavored cereals, there’s only 5 to 6 grams of sugar per serving, equivalent to the amount of sugar in a small plum. We only use organic coconut sugar in our products, which sets the standard for natural low glycemic sugars, coming in at 33, half the amount of typical table sugar.

What’s the calorie count?

One serving (1/3 cup) has between 130 and 160 calories depending on the flavor.

How much protein?

There are 4 grams of plant-based protein in each ⅓ cup serving. Interesting to note that ounce for ounce, Tsampa has the same amount of protein as an egg!

Does Tsampa contain trans fats?

None of our Tsampa cereals contain trans fats. Trans fats are either animal derived or artificially made fats and raise LDL cholesterol. Sherpa Foods is committed to not using any trans fats in our products.

Are there any vitamins and minerals in Tsampa?

Yes, Tsampa contains several vitamins and minerals: vitamin B3 & B1,  selenium, iron , magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and copper.

Is barley gluten-free?

No, barley contains gluten.  If you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease you should not eat Tsampa or any gluten bearing grain. However, the gluten profile of barley is different than wheat gluten, and many people who avoid wheat have enjoyed Tsampa without issue.  Please try in moderation and consult your physician if you have any concerns.

Sourcing and Mission

Who are Sherpas?

Sherpas are a group of ethnically Tibetan people who settled in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal centuries ago.  The word Sherpa means people from the east, referring to eastern Tibet. The Sherpa language is a dialect of Tibetan, a mixture of Lhasa Tibetan and Kham dialects (that being said, the modern lingua franca of the Himalayan region is Nepali).  Nowadays, most people know Sherpas as the amazing athletes who work in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet and guide people up Mount Everest.

Is this barley from Tibet or Nepal?

The barley we use is a strain that is very similar to the Himalayan variety, but ours is grown here in North America.

What does the Certified B-Corp Pending Company designation mean?

We have met the certification requirements of B-Corp, an internationally recognized standard of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.  B-Corp Pending is a certification status for new companies who have been in existence for less than one year.

What does the SPC mean at the end of your name, Sherpa Foods, SPC?

SPC stands for Social Purpose Corporation, a designation for Washington State corporations that balance social responsibility with good business.  This means that our stated mission, which is to support the people of the Himalayas, is written right into our incorporation documents. It’s who we are. How do we do this? We donate 1% of our revenues to philanthropic efforts aligned to our mission, which includes addressing labor injustices, helping the families of Sherpa climbers killed or injured by climbing accidents, and providing economic support and relief for those affected by earthquakes in the region.

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