About Us

Hello from the Canadian Prairies!

Field of barley in the Canadian prairies, alberta, Canada, Farm photo
NutraStat is produced by family-owned Sunny Boy Foods based in Camrose, Alberta. We launched NutraStat with the mission of empowering people to achieve optimum health and happiness by harnessing the power of natural barley beta-glucan. 

Our everyday fiber supplement is rich in novel beta-glucans and can help you optimize your gut health, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels all while providing a great source of fiber. We extract concentrated beta-glucan from barley without the use of chemicals, enzymes, or water, and exclusively use exclusively non-GMO Canadian grain resulting in a fiber supplement you can feel confident taking daily.

Creating Canada's Super Fiber

NutraStat’s story begins at the University of Alberta where professor Thava Vasanthan developed an innovative process to extract beta-glucan fiber from barley grains. Unlike most commercial processes to extract fiber which use chemicals and solvents, Vasanthan’s technology only uses air to fracture and extract the beta-glucan fiber.

Father and son duo Brad and Grant Shapka saw a unique opportunity to produce a natural beta-glucan fiber supplement and help others to improve their digestive, heart, and overall health. Soon a partnership was established and NutraStat fiber supplement was officially launched in 2020.  

Our Vision

Like many families, we have endured the loss of loved ones due to chronic disease. Beta-glucan has the power to help prevent the development of chronic disease while improving your overall health and wellbeing. 

Our mission is to empower you to achieve optimum health and happiness.  When you feel good, you can enjoy every moment to the fullest.  We envision a world where everyone lives their most fulfilling life, filled with memories and free from premature chronic disease. 

Our Values

Our core values set us apart from the rest, as we want to put you first. We believe that sharing knowledge is what will inspire people to live a healthier and better life.  

NutraStat offers quality products

Offering Quality, Natural Products

NutraStat believes in sharing knowledge to inspire others

Sharing knowledge is what inspires 

NutraStat believes in living every moment to its fullest

Living every moment to it's fullest

NutraStat offers tools to help people live a healthier life

Providing tools to help people live a healthier life 

NutraStat believes that science and technology are on the forefront of health

Science and technology is on the forefront of health

We care about people and their wellbeing at nutrastat

We care about people 

The Team

This is us – friendly, authentic, smiling humans who truly enjoy what we do and the people we work with. We share the same values and vision of our community – to share and empower people to achieve optimal health and happiness. Driven by the idea that the best work comes from our collective experiences and diversity.

Brad Shapka, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Brad Shapka

"Adding NutraStat to a glass of water in the mornings is the easiest way for me to take it"
Grant Shapka, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Grant Shapka

"I love NutraStat straight up in with COLD water, stir, and drink immediately."
Veronika Fletcher, General Manager
Veronika Fletcher
General Manager

"The best way for me is to blend NutraStat directly into my smoothies"
Brendan Yee Sunny Boy Foods and NutraStat Mill Manager
Brendan Yee
Mill Manager

"I like adding NutraStat into my morning muesli with cocoa powder." 
Dean De Benedetto Sales Manager
Dean De Benedetto

"I mix the powder into my protein balls, and it's great for marathon training."
Monica Thai Design and Marketing Lead
Monica Thai
Design & Marketing

"I love cooking with NutraStat, especially in my soups to thicken it."
Aneli Bamba, Social Media Coordinator
Aneli Bamba
Social Media

"I like keeping it simple. I mix NutraStat into a glass of water and drink it right away"


Advisory Team  

We believe that science and technology are on the forefront of health. That is why we have carefully developed NutraStat fiber supplement using scientific research from our board of medical advisories and academics to provide you with the best, most natural fiber health supplement. 

Photo of Dr. Stephanie Liu, community and family physician, graduated from university of alberta, university of calgary, and columbia university

Dr. Stephanie Liu, Community & Family Medicine

Columbia University
Medical Advisor

Dr. Brooke Stubbs, University of Texas graduate, board certified in internal medicine, and nutrastat expert

Dr. Brooke Stubbs, Internal Medicine Physician

University of Texas
NutraStat Expert

Dr. Thava Vasanthan, University of Alberta Grain Science and Technology Expert

Dr. Thava Vasanthan, PhD

University of Alberta
Grain Science and Technology Expert

 Dr. Nataly Lopez Baron, PhD  University of Alberta Senior R&D Food Scientist

Dr. Nataly Lopez Baron, PhD

University of Alberta
Senior R&D Food Scientist