Has anyone ever come across Sacha Inchi Protein powder?
I know that it goes against the principles of paleo...but there are times when you need a quick fix protein source after a workout and just don't have the time to organise other protein sources
From what I can see it delivers a lower protein content than say, egg-white protein but I am curious as to what the paleo community makes of the omega 3:6 ratios and (possibly) a lower level of processing
Amazingly expensive for a 63% protein powder... In terms of omega 3/6/etc. Are you really going to be eating enough of this stuff for it to really mean much to you (as compared to fish/flax oil)?
Edit: To add on to what I said waaay back when. Looking at the ingredients again, it's pretty misleading. Maintains the ideal Omega 3:6 balance. Ok, what's the amounts then? Not listed. Next, it tells you serving size is 10-20g. But all the nutritional info is based on 100g (ie. 10 tablespoons of the stuff). So you have to divide all that info by 10. 6 grams of protein/tablespoon? Miniscule. Plus, their package size for the "small" is 250g. ie. 2.5 times the nutritional info, so if you tried to get the full amount on the nutritional info page, you'd have to take 100g of the stuff, and you'd blow through you package fast.
The only reasons I can see to use this is: 1) You're rich, or 2) You're vegetarian for moral reasons and don't want anything animal based, or 3) You're a sucker.
On the back of the package it implicitly acknowledge the superiority of animal products: "possibly the most potent non-animal product known to man"
The common paleo response encourages real food over supplementation. Personally, I find it hard to consistently get the mega-dosages of protein encouraged for helping people mask. Whey protein powder is the best protein supplement. Personally, it doesn't sit well with me. I think I have an immune response to whey. Most powders are isolate so they shouldn't contain much, if any casein or lactose. The immune response I have is likely highly individual to me. Try whey out if you haven't (I imagine you have). If nothing else, it's way cheaper (pardon the pun). My adverse reaction has kept me just eating whole foods which is probably a safer route to begin with.
Eating a large amount of protein isn't great news for longevity. The paleosphere is still low-carb centric. For muscle-building (if that's the goal, I don't know your goals), carbs are very important because they fill glycogen stores. The high levels of protein required for gluconeogenesis move folks dangerously towards protein toxicity. It's problem fine for a season but it's not a sustainable lifestyle.
"Those who are content with maintaining an ordinary person’s muscle mass can get by with relatively low protein intakes of 0.8 g/kg/day or less. But muscle-building athletes need high protein intakes, around 1.9 g/kg/day, to maximize the rate of muscle gain. If they eat low-carb, they may need even more protein. Such high protein intakes are likely to exceed the threshold of toxicity." http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2712
It's 99% digestable which is better than the stomach irritating whey and has a great range of amino acids for a non adaulterated single sourced(doesnt have 30 additives) product which is extruded (no direct heat used) - the 1kg bag provides 630g protien but also all 8 factors of vitamin e and is stable unlike flax. In addition sacha inchi does not contain antinutrients like soy and in particular flax have. The main 3 anti nutrients in flax seed include one that inhibits B6 which may result in depression and heart disease.In addition flax oil a seed (lsa) are unstable at room temp and rancid flax has multiple carcinogens.
Looks pretty impressive and natural to me - also evedense that it was a main protein source for the incas and pre incas.
You don't need to eat immediately after a workout no matter what the supplement companies try to tell you so I really don't see the need to have protein powder hanging around just on the off chance that I "Need a quick fix protein". You are not going to lose any muscle if you don't eat util you are actually hungry and then when you are hungry, eat something sensible.
Just a few thoughts:
1) If you're going follow Paleo loosely, then why not use the Sacha Inchi protein powder?
2) Digestibility is different than absorption. Just because it claims to be 99% digestible, doesn't mean it is absorbed in your system quickly. It means 99% of product will be absorbed--but has nothing to do with rate of absorption. Athletes or body builders swear by the "anabolic window" which is the 30-60 minute period after a workout to "get the most bang for your buck" regarding protein synthesis. Recent studies have shown however, that consuming protein even after the anabolic window has passed is beneficial and effective for protein synthesis.
3) 3 servings (tbsp) of the product for athletes/bodybuilders based on the manufacturer's instructions, only supplies you with 1.89g of protein, and consequently exponentially less leucine--the "anabolic" branched chain amino acid. This is likely not the best "recovery" protein source for post workouts. It might be better for pre-workout or before bed as the manufacturer instructs. Absorption rate would have to be tested to know for sure.
4) Though Sacha Inchi is a good source of Omega 3's, the manufacturer should label the actual amount per serving on their nutrition facts, rather than just total fat as they did.
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