Typical values per 100g
Energy kj 3699
of which saturates 7.0g
- monounsaturates 9.3g
- polyunsaturates 82.3g
omega 3 - 48.0g
omega 6 - 33.0g
omega 9 - 9.0g
of which sugars 0g
Sacha Inchi contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol.
Sacha inchi means ‘wild nut’ - if you have any concerns re nuts and peanuts please see below*. The seeds are cold pressed from the star-shaped sacha inchi, to retain maximum benefits. It is high in omega 3 ALA, which is often lacking in the Western diet and is a natural antioxidant that is pollution-free.
There are both long and short-chain omega 3’s. The short-chain omega 3s are considered 'essential' and are known as alpha-linolenic acid ALA. These are found in plant-based sources including sacha inchi.
Long-chain omega 3’s DHA and EPA, are 'conditionally essential', this means we can synthesise them when we consume short-chain omega 3s, and the main sources of these (DHA and EPA) are oily fish.
However, if you are a vegetarian or vegan you cannot get these from oily fish, so plant-based sources are the best way to make sure you get omega 3. The great thing about our Omega Oil is that it is so versatile and can be included into your diet in various ways.
There's no set recommended daily intake for Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), in the UK and most guidelines refer to an intake of oily fish. However, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advise 2-3g ALA or 250mg EPA/DHA and 10g LA to support health. Based on this, 1 tablespoon per day of Sacha Inchi Omega Oil, will fulfil your omega 3 ALA daily intake.
Starseed® Omega Oil has a smooth, mild and nutty flavour.
Sacha inchi grows like a vine in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and is a sustainable crop.
To retain maximum nutritional benefits, use this oil cold, or in light cooking to 190C for 15 minutes. You can:
Once opened, store in the fridge and consume within 6 months.
Starseed® Omega Oil is an organic, vegan source of essential fatty acids, which are vital for our health and we can only get these from certain foods that we eat .
Around 47% of the total fat content of the sacha inchi seed is omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid, and 36% omega 6 and it joins flax, chia and micro algae as one of the best vegan sources of omega 3.
Sacha inchi has been cultivated in Peru for centuries and it thrives in this tropical climate, growing like a vine in the Amazon Rainforest. It’s a hermaphrodite plant and pollinates easily, with regrowth on the same plot of land year in, year out.
It takes 7.5 months for the seed to grow from being planted to being harvested. The plant produces all year long and farmers often grow it as a bush to a height of 3m, which makes it easier to harvest.
Previously, hulling was done by hand with each layer removed to reveal the seed. Now this is done by machine.
The omega 3 found in Sacha Inchi is the essential omega 3 oil, alpha linolenic-acid (ALA) which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol.
Serving sizes - for Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil you only need ½ tbsp. to 1 tbsp. per day, whereas the recommended daily serving for fish oil capsules is 1 to 3.
How to use - Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil can be included within your diet in any way you wish, whether that’s through adding it to your meals, drinks, or even just taking it on a spoon, the choice is yours. By having the option to add to foods, it means you don’t have to remember to take a tablet, as you do with a fish oil capsule supplement.
Taste – Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil has a mild, nutty flavour with no aftertaste, unlike many fish oil tablets which often leave you with an aftertaste of fish for a while, despite it being contained within a capsule.
Where is it from? – Starseed Sacha Inchi Oil, from Peru, is organic, Fair Trade and fully traceable. The vines grow in the Amazon Rainforest and are sustainable.
If taking a fish oil tablet, do you know where the oil is sourced from and whether it is sustainable? More often than not, the fish will be farmed.
Ingredients – OurStarseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil is 100% organic sacha inchi oil.
Many fish oil supplements have added fillers in them, to bulk them out and do you know what the actual capsule itself is made from?
Suitability - Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil is a vegan, sustainable and plant-based alternative. Plant-based sources of omega-3 are vital for vegetarians and vegans, and if following these diets, it is important to get enough omega 3 in the diet to help maintain normal body functioning. This oil is a perfect alternative for those who don’t consume fish.
Fish oil capsules are not an option for vegans and vegetarians.
Sacha Inchi is not a ground nut, peanut or legume (nor is it from the legume family). Sacha Inchi is from the plant kingdom, from the Euphorbiaceae family.
Even though it has been given several common names, its actual Scientific name is Plukenetia volubilis Linneo.
It does not fit in any of the official 14 allergens as per the UK and EU governments.
Our Sacha Inchi Omega Oil supplier is a tree nut and peanut free facility (BRC certified, AA grade) and they micro filter the oil to reduce any solid traces, too.
That said, if you or someone you are with has an allergy to nuts or seeds, it is your decision to make as to whether or not you choose to use this product. Although not listed as a common allergen, and does not fit into any of the above, including being both tree nut and peanut free, some people may have an allergy to Sacha Inchi, so it is best to be aware if any symptoms do occur and to immediately stop using the product.
If you have any doubt, please always refer to your doctor or medical practitioner before purchasing and using this oil.
Q: Is Sacha Inchi safe during pregnancy?
A: Yes, sacha inchi is generally safe to use during pregnancy, unless you have an allergy to it (however, sacha inchi is not a common allergen in the UK). It is a high source of vegan omega 3 ALA, 3.36g of ALA per ½ a tablespoon. It is also easy to use either by the spoonful, or over vegetables, salads, or in dressings.
Peru is a Non-GM country, with a strong belief in organic crops – there is little spare cash for manufactured pesticides.
The most common cash crops grown here are corn or coca which is sold and made into cocaine. Due to the income that a farmer can receive for this, there is some resistance to farm sacha inchi so farmers need to be given incentives to do so.
Lack of education is also an issue here, with less than 20% of pupils finishing high school.
One way to encourage farmers to grow sacha inchi is a scheme that our producer follows whereby they grade farmers (from A to D), with grade A showing longevity and loyalty to the producer. The producer will then invest in those farmers of grade A and B, providing investment in machinery, equipment and education in sustainable crop growing. This way both parties benefit – the producer gets loyalty from the farmer and the farmer receives an income and the means to learn further.
This all makes for a unique personal relationship between our producer and the farmers. This is quite different from, for example, those farmers growing coffee, where the companies that the farmers deal with are larger corporations and the buyer and farmer generally never meet face to face.
Sacha inchi is a good crop to grow because it: