New in the Market: SaviSeed, a New Snack

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on April 25, 2011 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

The package proudly says, “We’re not nuts.” SaviSeeds look like nuts (slightly larger than a peanut and flatter in shape) and taste like nuts, but they are sacha inchi seeds, native to the Amazon rainforest. Eaten for years in Peru as the Inca peanut, they grow on shrub-like vines which produce star-shaped pods yielding 3 to 7 edible seeds. The plants produce crops several times throughout the year. When the seeds are ready for harvest they make cracking sounds and turn from green to brown in color. The pods are sun-dried to produce the edible seeds.

Sustainably grown, fair-traded and USDA certified organic, SaviSeeds are an interesting nut alternative. SaviSeeds are tiny nutrition powerhouses containing more omega-3 fat than walnuts or flaxseeds. Available in three flavors: Cocoa Kissed (covered in dark chocolate), Karmalized (glazed with sugar cane) and Oh Natural (dusted with sea salt).

A 1-ounce serving of plain SaviSeeds has 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of omega-3 fat, 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 170 milligrams of sodium. One ounce of Cocoa Kissed has 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of omega-3 fat, 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 80 milligrams of sodium. Karmalized has 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 5 grams of omega-3 fat, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 120 milligrams of sodium in a 1-ounce serving.

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