Superfoods 2018: Sacha Inchi Seeds (Inca Peanuts)

Move on over almonds, there is a new kid in town – sacha inchi seeds. They are also known as sacha peanuts, mountain peanuts, inca peanuts and inca nuts. Sacha inchi seeds are grown in the Amazon Rainforest and the high Andes Mountains (Peru). It has been apart of the Inca diet for over 3,000 years. The plant is a rainforest vine with star-shaped seed pods making these peanuts actually seeds.

For all of you foodies out there, it tastes milk and nutty. Something similar to a dark roasted peanut with a hint of woodiness. I suppose if you tossed them with a bit of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and a pinch of Kosher or sea salt, they might not taste to bad afterall.

Inca nuts
Inca nuts in seed pods

Health Benefits

Weight Loss

As one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, inca nuts help balance cortisol levels. When cortisol levels are controlled, food cravings and mood swings are reduced.

Reduce Heart Disease

Medical studies have shown that inca nuts high concentration and proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids reduces the risk of heart disease while its fats are the good kind (largely monounsaturated and polyunsaturated..

Complete Protein Source

Inca nuts contain every amino acid your body needs to function properly while providing a total of 9 grams per serving.

Bone Health

Omega-3 fatty acids present in inca nuts enhance bone mineral content by helping the body absorb calcium. Eating more foods rich in omega-3s can help protect your bones as you age.

Healthy Hair and Skin

Inca nuts provide nutrients that promote supple skin and silky hair. Omega-3 fatty acids support hydration and protect against inflammation. The vitamin E found in inca nuts prevents free radical damage that can harm your skin.