I was so excited to discover organic sacha inchi. I had been on the prowl for a good quality vegan protein source to add to my protein bites. I didn’t want to use pea protein as many people with GI issues do not tolerate it well. Other seed protein sources either had a bitter taste, a bad protein powder taste or the protein content was too low. When I first read the nutrition content of sacha inchi, I was thrilled to see, the high protein content, the very high omegas 3, 6 & 9 and the high fiber. The next step was to try it in a batch of GoBe bites. After the first bite I knew this was the protein I had been looking for. It has a pleasant, soft nutty flavor and no chalky protein powder taste. So, I started my research on the history and sustainability of sacha inchi.
I found that this amazing source of omegas and protein isn’t really new, it has been used as a superfood for centuries in South America. Sacha inchi, aka, mountain peanut, is a nut-like seed that grows in the highlands of Peru. It is indigenous to the tropical Peruvian jungles, where they use this seed to make flour and oil to use in foods and beverages.
The seeds are contained in a star shaped fruit pod. This unique seed has a high protein content (60% protein by weight) as well as excellent proportions of omega 3, 6 & 9. Sacha inchi also contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein.
The American diet contains an unbalanced ratio of omegas 6 and 3 (approximately 15:1). This has been shown to be a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Sacha inchi contains a ratio of 7:10, a much healthier balance for human health and a great vegan source of omega 3.
Bonus: It is easily digestible.