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The Sacha Inchi Guide: A Dive into the Superfood Phenomenon

Sacha Inchi is the unsung hero in the realm of superfoods, and it's time we uncovered its secrets. It is a true game-changer in health and wellness.
A close up image of the Sacha Inchi plants' fruit

Superfood of the Century: Sacha Inchi

Sometimes called the "Incan Peanut," Sacha Inchi is a plant that hails from the heart of the Amazon.

Revered by Pre-Inca cultures 3000–5000 years ago, its discovery was immortalized in ancient ceramics found in Inca tombs.

Chronicled for its nutty flavor and medicinal oil, the plant has survived many trials, including being declared endangered in the 21st century.

However, these seeds, rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, are now globally recognized, boosting the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. From Peru to the globe, Sacha Inchi's story is one of resilience and growth, as it continues to enrich our diets.

It is touted as the next Superseed.

This is an infographic/picture that is describing what Sacha Inchi is.
What is Sacha Inchi Infographic - Displaying brief information on health benefits and use cases.

What is Sacha Inchi? 

Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) is a perennial plant that grows a beautiful star shaped fruit. It has a hard-shell casing that contains between 4 and 6 seeds that give it that appealing star shape.

Note: Perennial means it can live for six years or more, continually growing and bearing fruit throughout its lifespan.

Interest in Sacha Inchi has further increased because of the sustainable nature of the plant. The plant reseeds itself and is able to be grown alongside other plants in its first year.

The plants deep roots are known to help prevent soil erosion and it needs much less water compared to other crops. These are both huge factor as growers looked to use the plant to aid in developing nations.

It has been enjoyed by indigenous communities for thousands of years. But it's only recently that people worldwide have started to notice its exceptional health benefits and nutritional value.

"Boasts more protein per ounce than an egg, surpasses broccoli in fiber, and exceeds salmon in Omega3's.
It is nothing less than a remarkable natural resource."

Sacha Inchi Seeds

The seed is the foundation of the majority of all products derived from the sacha inchi plant.

It stands out in the realm of superfoods for its content of complete proteins and omega-3 fatty acids.

Nutritional Breakdown

Each 1-ounce serving contains an incredible 9 grams of protein. This is more protein by the ounce than eggs, almonds, peanuts, and even meats.

The seeds are also a powerhouse of dietary fiber, with 5 grams per serving, and surprisingly, almost no carbohydrates. With the modern dietary shift towards low-carb and high-protein foods, Sacha Inchi seeds certainly align well.

A simple breakdown of a single seed is as follows:

  1. HIGH amount of Complete Protein
  2. Fiber
  3. Very few (almost none) carbs
  4. Omega-3 Fatty Acid
  5. Omega-6 and Omega-9
  6. Vitamin E
  7. Minerals such as Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, and more.

Modern western diets are lacking many of these nutrients above that play a crucial role in keeping the body healthy.

New research that has been conducted states that over 77% of US adults are not meeting the recommended Omega-3 intake in their daily diet (GOED, 2015.) Worldwide, over 1 billion people are protein deficient (FAO, 07/2020.)

Experts recognize that Sacha Inchi could be part of the solution to these two problems.

Cultivation & Sustainability

The Sacha Inchi plant typically bears fruit about nine months after planting, producing a steady supply of seeds for several years thereafter.

Omegoodness' Sacha Inchi seeds don't require or contain fertilizers, chemicals, GMO's, or any other harmful practice to the environment in which we grow our product.

Given their hardy nature and minimal care required to grow them, Sacha Inchi seeds are playing an important role in sustainable agriculture. Their high yield and nutritional value make them a potentially valuable crop, especially in regions struggling with food security and malnutrition.

If they aren't roasted and sold as a snacking food, the seeds are made into two main products: An incredibly fine hair oil and arguably the world's best natural plant protein powder.

Sacha Inchi Oil

Picture an elixir born from the heart of the Amazon - that is Sacha Inchi oil.

These seeds are cold pressed - a method that cherishes every beneficial nutrient, sparing them from harsh chemicals. It's a process that honors the seed's essence, our environment, and resonates with our deep commitment to community health for the producer and the consumer.

The oil is 92% unsaturated fat (healthy fats) and 50% Omega 3's. These are incredible numbers.

Omega-3s are increasingly connected to heart health, challenging the rise of bad cholesterol and protecting against strokes and heart attacks. They are known to ease inflammation, offering respite to conditions like arthritis. They are also the silent protectors of your sight, fortifying against age-induced eye conditions like macular degeneration. And they are the caretakers of your skin, ensuring it stays smooth, hydrated, and free from unwanted visitors like redness and acne. New research even ties adequate Omega-3 consumption to brain health and proper immunoregulation (Healthline, 01/2023.)

"77% of Americans are Omega-3 deficient." 

Sacha Inchi Powder

The other real star of the Sacha Inchi plant is its powder.

Sacha Inchi is high in protein and all nine essential amino acids.
Showcase of Sacha Inchi Powder and its nutritional qualities like high protein and amino acids

This flour-like powder is made by pressing the seeds, where it is then extruded to improve texture, taste, and digestibility.

The powder is just 1 natural ingredient, is 60% complete protein.

Important: A "complete protein" means that it contains all 9 essential amino acids. They are called essential amino acids because your body can't produce them on it's own. This means that you have to get them from outside sources such as certain meats and plants.

The 9 essential amino acids (EAA's) are as follows:

  1. Histidine - Allows for function of tissues like the brain and nerves.
  2. Isoleucine - Increases endurance and heal muscles
  3. Leucine  - Gives energy & muscle repair.
  1. Lysine - Helps produce antiviral effects and antibodies.
  2. Valine - Stimulates your nervous system.
  3. Methionine - Helps the body eliminate fat.
  4. Phenylalanine - Helps the central nervous system. Fights depression and chronic pain.
  5. Threonine - improves heart and tissue health.
  6. Tryptophan - Lack of it will damage your sleep and increase anxiety.

BCAAs are a subset of the amino acids denoting "branched-chain amino acids". These are very important for muscle development, hormones, and many more of your body's functions. It is listed in the infographic above because it is a variable many look at when deciding to purchase a new protein powder.

You must have all 9 of the above in any diet.

And since Sacha Inchi contains more essential amino acids than virtually any other plant protein source in existence... It makes it a strong candidate as one of the best protein options someone could consume - especially vegetarians and vegans.

Use Cases: Sacha Inchi Powder

Sacha Inchi Powder is not only nutritional, but it is also versatile in the kitchen. It can be added to:

  1. Smoothies
  2. Shakes
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Yogurt
  5. Milk

It can even be used to make baked goods such as:

  1. Brownies
  2. Cookies
  3. Protein bars/balls
  4. Pancakes and more!


With only 80 calories per serving (20g/1 tbs), it is great for weight management, lean muscle, and improving your mood & energy.

Compared to other plant-based proteins, it is easier to digest and has a more balanced amino acid profile. This makes it an excellent choice for anyone seeking to upgrade their protein intake - without increasing calories in their diet. 

You can learn more here if you are interested.

What does Sacha Inchi Taste like? 

The taste depends on which form of the seed you are consuming. The following are brief breakdowns of what each "version" of the seed tastes like. Keep in mind, taste may vary depending on where you get the product from, how they process it, and if they include any special additives or seasonings.

Sacha Inchi Seeds:

  • A consistency and texture that is something between that of a peanut and an almond.
  • A mild, unique nutty taste that's easily identifiable.
  • It tastes similar to other snacking foods (nuts) but definitely unique.
  • Depending on whether the seed is seasoned, it will taste different. It goes well with salt, spices, or even sweet toppings like chocolate and caramel.


Sacha Inchi Oil:

  • Sacha Inchi oil has a very light taste that is easy to consume.
  • Many say it tastes like the seed, having a nutty/legume-like taste.
  • Thin and almost watery oil that is easily digested.


Sacha Inchi Powder:

  • The same nutty taste, although the flavor is more prominent.
  • No oily aftertaste since all the oil is pressed out to create the powder.
  • A unique taste that although mild, doesn't overpower anything you put it in. Whether it be smoothies, shakes, or baked sweets - you'll barely be able to tell it's even there.

Is Sacha Inchi Safe to Consume?

Sacha Inchi is safe to consume, but there are a few things to remember. Because any new protein could cause unusual digestion, we recommend starting with smaller portions. However, this is quite rare.

Keep in mind that Sacha Inchi seeds must be cooked and that if eaten raw could lead to nausea, vomiting, or indigestion. This is why most companies sell them as roasted seeds. Other Sacha Inchi products, like powder or granola are already pre-cooked and highly digestible.


With its remarkable nutritional profile and versatility, Sacha Inchi is an invaluable addition to anyone's dietary regimen. It could also play a key role in promoting your heart health, reducing inflammation, boosting cognitive function, and fostering gut health. It's health benefits and sustainability make it a real hero in the realm of superfoods.

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