Peanuts from the Jungle – Without the Allergens

Peanuts from the Jungle without the allergens
You have heard of someone, no doubt, with a peanut allergy.  At the very least, perhaps you have read about it in the news and those who have met their demise by accidentally ingesting this seemingly harmless nut.  Yes, some folks have severe reactions to one common member of the legume family, the old time favorite companion of jelly.  Well, here’s some news, there is another peanut in town, a long time relative of our native friend, but a seed instead, visiting us all the way from the Peruvian jungle, and this one comes without the allergens of the common lunch time protein.  Meet the Sacha Inchi Seed, also known as the Jungle Peanut who has come to town to rival our common peanut in several ways.

As mentioned, because it is a seed, and not the same species as our common peanut, the jungle peanut does not have the same allergens and can therefore be enjoyed by all without fear.  The Sacha Inchi seed, or Jungle peanut, is especially of interest to vegetarians and pregnant mothers, as it contains the highest sources of plant Omega-3 fatty acids around.  Largely these brain-benefiting oils are found in salmon and other fatty fish, and vegetarian sources have been few.  Boasting 7000 mg of omega fatty acids per one ounce serving, that is 13 times more than an ounce of salmon.

Omega-3’s help reduce inflammation in cases of arthritis, allergies, eczema and rheumatism as well as supporting brain health and memory, guarding against depression.  These essential fatty acids also protect the nervous system and cell membranes as well as aiding in communication between cells.  Known to lower negative cholesterol, omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to the heart and cardiovascular system as well. Not only do jungle peanuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, but they do so in complete harmony with the other important fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-9, in the perfect ratio for the body to utilize.

Sachi Inchi seeds contain a whopping 8 grams of protein per ounce, which is more than a hamburger. Jungle peanuts are also beneficial in lowering blood sugar, so diabetics can enjoy these seeds with glee.  Other nutrients present in the Jungle Peanut are tryptophan – for a positive mood, fiber (5 grams per ounce) and powerful antioxidants such as Vitamin E.

These beautiful little seeds have also proven beneficial in weight loss as they help to balance the metabolism and give much needed nutrients to the body in order to support the shedding of unwanted fat.  Omega 3 fatty acids are key in the release of harmful fats from the system.

The oil from the sachi inchi seed, or jungle peanut, can also be acquired for internal and external use and is great for the skin, hair and nails, limiting dehydration and assisting with problem conditions.

For now, these wonderful little jungle peanuts, or sachi inchi seeds, are somewhat hard to find.  You can locate them on the web or in certain health food stores, such as New Seasons Market in the Northwest, Whole Foods Markets, and other higher end health food stores world wide.  With a taste very similar to regular peanuts, you can now enjoy peanuts from the jungle without the allergens, as a nut butter or by the handful. You don’t have to go to the jungle to get these peanuts, the jungle has come to you.

Written by: Stasia Bliss

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4 Responses to "Peanuts from the Jungle – Without the Allergens"

  1. martha   September 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    My daughter tried sacha inchi today for the first time and we are currently in the ER as she had an allergic reaction. She is not allergic to nuts, but she is indeed allergic to sacha inchi- beware

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  2. Julia Greenwood   May 24, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I have to point out, not everyone who is allergic to peanuts will have a reaction to sacha inchi seeds. In fact, I’ve read recently that the specific allergens in peanuts (specific proteins) are not present in sacha inchi seeds. Therefore it makes sense that “morefromspore”‘s daughter had no other known food allergies; if peanuts automatically equal sacha inchi seeds, she would have also had a peanut allergy.

    All that said, I would always proceed with care in trying any new food, especially one from a family of foods (like nuts/seeds, or shellfish, or dairy) which is known to be more allergenic. Even if you don’t have an anaphylactic reaction, there are plenty of other uncomfy allergic symptoms to be had, like hives, or hay fever, or, as I get when I eat cilantro–bloating, heartburn, increased itchiness, and puffiness/water retention in my face and extremities. Weird, eh. Too bad, I love Mexican food.

    Peanuts are the worst though. One time, my husband shelled and ate some peanuts, before I got home. He hadn’t washed his hands, though he’d eaten the peanuts hours before. I had a mosquito bite on my back and asked him to scratch it for me. Within ten minutes, my back was covered in hives–the result of the minute particles of peanut still adhering to his fingernails. He hadn’t even scratched me hard, much less broken the skin, obviously. All it took was the microscopic lesions to the very top layer of skin which had resulted from a simple, light scratching, coming into contact with tiny bits of hours-old peanut. Frea-ky.

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  3. Danica   March 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    This article is based on false information. ALL peanuts are seeds. They are ALL in the legume family with beans and peas, which are also seeds.

    The common misconception is that peanuts are “nuts.” They are legumes with a misleading common name that says otherwise. Anyone who is allergic to peanuts will be allergic to jungle peanuts as well. I’m sorry that morefromspore’s daughter found this out the hard way.

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  4. morefromspore   November 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I read your article with interest. My daughter, who has no other known food allergies, ate Sachi Inchi seeds in February and had an anaphylactic reaction. The seeds were purchased in Canada, at a whole foods store. Sadly it appears the seeds cannot be enjoyed by all.

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