Research: Nutrition Composition of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia Volubilis L.)
Author: Gomathy Sethuraman (University of Malaya), Merahaini Niza (Crop For the Future Research), Fatin Nadia, Peter J Gregory (University of Reading), Ebrahim Jahanshiri (Crops for the Future UK), Sayed N. Azam-Ali
Publish: International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume VII, Issue IX, September 2020 (from researchgate.net)
Sacha Inchi, an underutilised crop, has unexplored potential. Analysis of Sacha Inchi seeds collected from CFFRC, Malaysia had excellent nutritional composition with high content of crude protein (23.80%) and crude fat (56.20%). The fatty acids analysis indicated high omega-3 (35.89%) and omega-6 (44.82%%). The data obtained from this study is comparable with other studies. The SI seeds also contained essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Comparing SI’s nutrition profile, especially the fatty acid content, with other commercialised crops draws attention to its potential as a plant source of omega-3 and omega-6 alongside its macronutrient and minerals content. These properties may create opportunities for developing highly valued food and pharmaceutical products for human health.
Table: Comparison Nutrition Composition of Sacha Inchi, Almond, Brazil Nut, Cashew Nut, Chest nut, Hazelnut, Macadamia, Peanut, Pecan, Pistachio, Walnut