Put aside all your protein powder, eggs, beans, meat and take a look at these nuts. That’s right, the nut with the highest amount of protein amongst all nuts, this superfood is rather recently discovered.
This superfood is the Sacha Inchi nut. Found in the rainforests of South America, and cultivated with similar results across the world, such as in the United States, and parts of Asia, the Sacha Inchi nut is a wondrous little star in the superfood world. Research has shown that the Sacha Inchi nut is a powerhouse of a nut, containing a whole range of nutrients such as iron, calcium, highly digestible protein, fiber, essential amino acids, vitamins A & E, and most importantly Omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids.
This is a food that should be making its way into the diets of every protein hungry creature, especially for those with a vegan or vegetarian diet. Why? Well, for one, in terms of protein amount amongst nuts, it has 8.5 grams of protein per serving of 1 ounce (28 grams). That’s 20% more than the next highest, which are peanuts at 7 grams for the same serving size. Following that it’s pistachios and almonds at 6g, cashews at 5g, and walnuts at 4.3g.
It’s comparable to swiss cheese at 8g per ounce, Greek yogurt at 2.875 g per ounce, chicken breast at 8g per ounce, and even tofu, at 4g per ounce. Sacha Inchi nuts are great sources of protein, as aside from that, they also provide a truckload of other health benefits, due to the whole array of nutrients that it contains, as mentioned above.
For those who are still without a clue as to the importance of protein, well it simply is the building block of life. Protein makes up the very basis of your cells. In fact, hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses it to build and repair tissue, and it is necessary to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. It is also an important foundation of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Protein also helps you in a number of ways, such as:
1. Helping you recover at a quicker rate from fatigue or muscle exertion after exercise
2. Preventing muscle loss
3. Helping to build lean muscles
4. Aiding in weight control
5. Keeping you full so as to help control your diet
Sacha Inchi nut has a strong, roasted nutty taste. Many products derived from the Sacha Inchi nut are available, such as tea, oil, powder and supplements, which you may choose to take.
Besides the benefits from protein, Sacha Inchi nuts contain many other nutrients as mentioned previously, which your body could do well with to function better. Sacha Inchi products also have the added benefit of being easily digestible, thus allowing those with gluten intolerances and allergies to consume these nutritious products.