As a nutrition nerd, I got a burst of excitement at my local grocery store after seeing sacha inchi on the shelf; I read a study on the nutritional potency of sacha inchi a few years prior and couldn’t believe I saw it before my eyes:
Sacha inchi is a nut grown in Peru that has the “shape of an m&m” (as one of my friend’s phrased it when I offered her a taste). It definitely has a unique taste; I personally like it better mixed in with something like oatmeal or yogurt.
Sacha inchi is considered a complete protein; meaning it has all the essential amino acids. This is unique to plant-based proteins which tend to be incomplete sources. One serving has 9 grams of protein; this helps to keep you satiated for longer periods of time. In addition, sacha inchi contains a ton of omega 3, 6 and 9 unsaturated fats, giving it heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, disease fighting benefits.
As with most nuts, keeping the serving size to ¼ cup will allow you to maximize the benefits without overdoing the calories. I often find single serving nut tins to help keep me in check: http://almonds.handsservices.com/
Now you can be a nutrition nerd too: when someone asks you what the heck sacha inchi are, you can tell them of all the benefits. Happy eating!