Featured in Photo: Sacha Inchi seeds from Trader Joe’s.

Sacha Inchi seeds are being touted as the next new superfood, for a good reason: They contain incredibly high levels of protein and healthy Omega 3 oils to improve overall body function and energy levels.

Although these seeds have only recently become available in popular American grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market, they have been a staple of nutrition for 3,000 years.

Sacha Inchi Seeds – sometimes called Mountain Peanuts or Inca Peanuts – has been celebrated as an important part of the Amazonian diet amongst indigenous peoples. In ancient cultures throughout Mesoamerica, Sacha Inchi seeds were consumed to strengthen the body and increase endurance. Its health giving properties stems from its amazing nutrient content.

This seed is a complete protein, containing all 8 essential amino acids that the human body cannot create. It also has more protein than any other nut or seed, with 8 – 9 grams of protein in each ounce. Not only are Sacha Inchi Seeds a great source of protein, fiber, and iron, but they also deliver an excellent dose of Omega 3 oils. The human body cannot manufacture this essential fatty acid that is critical for brain health, therefore it is important to incorporate Omega 3 rich foods into a healthy diet.

Find Sacha Inchi at your local Trader Joe’s and other retailers for a nutritious snack that can boost your health!

 

Photo courtesy of @holistic_helen