Hemp is going mainstream. It’s the newest superfood trend sweeping the world, mainly for reasons rooted in the crop’s sustainable and environmentally-friendly characteristics. But unlike most trends, hemp is here to stay!
Hemp seeds are exceptionally nutritious and only contain trace amounts of THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Hemp seeds are not used medicinally or recreationally, they are simply a highly-nutritious addition to the diet. And here’s why.
1. It is high in protein
Hemp seeds are an all-in-one superfood, in which it is considered to be a complete protein source. This means that they contain all 21 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids.
Whole, hulled hemp seeds are about 33 percent protein and provide 11 grams of protein per 3 tablespoon serving (30 grams). The protein content of hemp seeds is higher than that of other nutritious seeds. To compare, chia seeds contain about 4 grams of protein per 30 grams.
2. It’s rich in omega 3, 6 and 9
Hemp seeds have one of the best ratios of omega fatty acids of any plant food and, when produced into an oil, is an easy way to reach your daily requirements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are especially helpful for good health. Your body can't make them, so you need to get them from food. This particular fatty acid can help lower your risk of heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and more.
3. It’s packed with fibre and vital minerals
Hemp has both soluble and insoluble fibre to keep you feeling more satisfied after each meal. Insoluble fibres help your body eliminate toxins to keep your digestive tract healthy! Bonus points, hemp is rich in vitamin E, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
Convinced and ready to give it a go? Try sprinkling hemp seeds on salads, yoghurt, raw energy bars, smoothies, oatmeal, on toast or veggies. You can even eat the hemp seeds raw as a health snack or make it into non-dairy hemp mylk. They are extremely versatile and have so many uses.
Let us know in the comments your favourite way to eat hemp seeds.