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