SaviSeed has been enjoying some great product placement next to the cash registers at Whole Foods. I’ve been curious about them for a while, but I only tried them recently when my mom picked me up a pack on a whim. Their claim to fame is Omega 3, which I don’t buy for a second. For me it’s just the novelty factor of trying something new. Plus, they’re coated in dark chocolate (well, not really, but 70%). I found out later that Dr. Oz declared SaviSeed the Best Snack of 2010. Go figure :P Anyways, I don’t think they’re necessarily good for you, but I don’t think they’re evil either. I’d say they’re okay to enjoy in moderation if you’re up for something different. Just be forewarned, though, that they taste kinda funky…
What are SaviSeeds?
According to Sequel’s marketing, they taste and look like nuts, but they’re actually seeds. These “Inca Peanuts” are native to Amazon rainforests and have been cultivated in Peru and eaten by Incas for over 3,000 years. Don’t worry, they’re not actually legumes, they’re really just the seeds of the sacha inchi plants (Plukenetia volubilis). These plants produce star-shaped green pods which are sun-dried until the seeds are exposed.
Peruvians eat them in a regional soup called inchicapi, and also in sauces (cooked and ground up). The oil has also been used topically on the skin as a cream. These SaviSeeds are being marketed as healthy snacks, and there are some SaviSeed recipes on Sequel’s website.
Omega 3. SaviSeeds are very much hyped as being a great source of Omega 3: “13 times more than wild salmon!” ; “Richest source of Omega 3 on the planet!”. Unfortunately, all the Omega 3 is in the parent ALA form, and there’s no EPA or DHA. Our bodies are very inefficient at converting ALA into EPA and DHA, meaning that less than 10% of the ALA will be converted into the form that we need. Having excess Omega 6 in our diets, as most of us do, will decrease this rate of conversion even further. Grass-eating animals or plankton-eating fish are much more efficient at these conversions, which is why the best sources of usable Omega 3 (EPA and DHA) is wild-caught seafood and grass-fed beef, lamb, bison, etc. So the fact that the Omega 3 is pretty much useless to us in the ALA form, and that SaviSeeds also contain Omega 6 is slightly worrisome. Nuts and seeds in general tend to contain more Omega 6 than I’m comfortable with consuming regularly.
Vitamin E. SavidSeeds are said to contain Vitamin E.
Fiber. One ounce of SaviSeeds = 5g of dietary fiber. Definitely not a selling feature for me, regardless of what Dr. Oz may say.
Tryptophan. For whatever reason, theses seeds have 8 times as much tryptophan as roasted turkey. Weird…
SaviSeeds are organic and gluten-free, although they are processed in the same facility as wheat, soy, and dairy… They come in 3 flavors:
Oh Natural: Organic sacha inchi seed, organic sea salt.
Cocoa Kissed: Organic sacha inchi seed, organic 70% cacao (cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa powder), organic cane sugar.
Karmalized: Organic sachi inchi seed, organic cane sugar.
SaviSeeds are marketed as having more Omega 3 than salmon, without the fishy aftertaste. Well, I’ve already debunked the Omega 3. But the funny thing is that I actually think they do taste like fish! I don’t know what causes it, if it’s the “Omega 3” or what, but it’s a little bizarre.
I tried the Cocoa Kissed flavor, and honestly, I didn’t really like them. Of course, having a sweet tooth, I was drawn to the sugar content. And I did enjoy the crunchiness. But the flavor of the actual seeds? Meh. They weren’t gross, but they definitely weren’t tasty.
Well, they don’t taste very good. And nutritionally, the only thing they have going for them is that they might have some Vitamin E. As for the Omega 3, you might be doing more harm than good since you’re actually consuming more Omega 6. So overall, I’m glad to have tried them, and if you like the taste, then in moderation they’re probably okay. But I could think of a lot of other foods I’d prefer in moderation, like nuts, which actually taste awesome.
Have you tried SaviSeeds? What did you think of them?
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