Claimed by Dr. Oz to be the best snack for weight loss, Inca Peanuts, also known as Sacha Inchi Nuts, come from the Andes Mountains in Peru.
Sacha Inchi plant grows a fruit that contains four to seven lobes, each of which encloses the prized Inca Peanut. The hard layer of the seed is broken to retrieve the nut . The nut is then eaten raw or toasted.
Inca Peanuts are loaded with antioxidants, like Vitamin E and are high in Omega-3 fats. Both of these nutrients have been shown to play a role in the reduction of inflammatory diseases, like heart disease.
Inca Peanuts also contain five grams of fiber per one-ounce serving, or about 20 percent of the daily recommended amounts.
Inca Peanuts can be found at specialty health food stores or online in the nut form or also as an oil. They can be purchased by the pound or ounce.
Loaded with healthy nutrients
It’s a form of a healthy fat
Eating healthy fats can promote satiety and even weight loss
Numerous health benefits associated with the health properties of the Inca Peanut
May be hard to find
Nuts are very calorically-dense so eating too many of them can lead to weight gain
DIET and NUTRITION
Dr. Oz recommends eating one ounce of Inca Peanuts a day, or whenever the need for a snack or mini-meal comes up.
Inca Peanuts taste a bit more like a hearty seed than a nut. They can be eaten by themselves, added to trail mix or used in salads to add a crunchy texture or as an alternative to nutrient-less croutons.
There are no exercise guidelines unless you are on a specified diet plan. As with any healthy lifestyle, you should get in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity, most days of the week.
Thanks to Dr. Oz’s praise of the Inca Peanut, there are likely to be heralded as a Super Food. Dr. Oz’s endorsement of this Peruvian nut-like seed is well earned. The Inca Peanut is a veritable nutrition all-star with tons of Vitamin E, fiber and omega fats like 3, 6 and 9.
Right now, Inca Peanuts can’t be found as ubiquitously as a jar of Plantar’s honey roasted, but all bets are on that the Inca Peanut will become a regular item in health food stores and high end groceries soon.