Hemp Nutrition

Visit the product page for the nutritional analysis on the individual products we offer; for Hemp Hearts, Hemp Protein, and Hemp Oil.

 

Overview of Hemp Nutrition

 

Hemp Foods make any meal good for you!

Hemp Hearts – Simply eat the soft tasty little nuggets right out of the bag or add to any (sweet, spicy or savory) meal for a nutritious boost. It is especially popular to add 1 or 2 tablespoons to a bowl of breakfast cereal or a smoothie; they even go well with yogurt or ice cream.

Hemp Protein – ‘perfect for smoothies’
The easiest way to use Hemp Protein powder is to add at least 2 tablespoons to a smoothie. Athletes wishing to recover faster and those wanting to build clean lean muscle may wish to double or triple this amount to make sure their bodies have an ample supply of muscle building nutrients through the day.

Hemp FlourGluten free and full of fiber the health benefits of adding a little hemp flour to your diet will give your body and pallet plenty of reasons to explore the different ways that you can use hemp.

Hemp Oil – ‘nourishes you inside and out’
The most popular way to increase your intake of essential fatty acids is to mix hemp oil with balsamic vinegar and use it to dip your favorite bread into. It can also be used to make healthy sauces by combining it with herbs and lemon juice and vegetables such as dried tomatoes in a high powered blender. Hemp oil tastes great just the way it is, direct from the bottle. Of course the easiest way to incorporate hemp oil into your diet is to just drizzle some over whatever meal you are having; sandwich, curry, salad, pasta, rice – it goes with just about everything. Just remember it should not be used for cooking in order to avoid nutrient degradation. Alternatively, hemp oil makes an excellent all over face and body moisturizer and massage base oil to which you can add your favorite essential oils. It is highly absorbent and won’t leave you greasy.

 

Hemp Hearts have been consumed as a staple food all over the world for thousands of years. They are an important dietary component because they contain an abundance of ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS that are:

  • BALANCED – on their own they provide much of what your body needs without over-supplying some nutrients while causing a deficiency in others.
  • DIGESTIBLE – they don’t require cooking, soaking or crushing, your body can easily take what it needs and eliminate what it doesn’t. So your body isn’t wasting energy or suffering stress the way it does when trying to extract nutrients from animal or processed foods.
  • SAFE – unlike many foods we consume daily, Hemp seeds do not burden your body with toxins, allergens, GMO’s, or undigested waste materials.
  • SUSTAINABLE – you don’t have to kill anything, poison the planet, exploit the ocean or risk anyone’s safety to obtain Hemp Seeds; they grow just about anywhere without needing chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides and require less water than wheat, rice or soy.

Hemp seeds contain the highest amount of PUFAs (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) like Omega-3 and 6 – level with Walnuts for the #1 position at around 47g of PUFAs in every 100g of seeds.

Hemp also provides the highest quality and quantity of Protein. Hemp protein is gluten-free with a complete Amino Acid profile and Hemp is the only plant to make protein from Edestin making it more digestible than other forms of protein like Soy. And unlike Soy doesn’t cause allergies or contain estrogen compounds. Every 100g of Hemp Seeds contain approximately 33g of this high quality protein in addition to;

  • GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) – one of only five known sources (Borage seed, Evening Primrose seed, Black Currant seed, Carrot seed, Wheat germ) of this ‘wonder’ oil believed to be important for preventing inflammation.
  • 15 times as much fat-fighting CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) as fish oil.
  • Practically no Carbohydrates with less than half a gram of sugar per 20g serving.
  • Soluble and Insoluble Fiber.
  • Cholesterol-fighting Phytosterols – 1480mg per 20g serving.
  • Minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.
  • Vitamin E plus other Antioxidants.
  • B Vitamins including Folate.
  • Vitamin D3 the only known plant food source of this bone-building “sunshine” vitamin.

Compared with regular Cow’s Milk the case of nutrition is clearly on the side of our happy little hemp seeds.

Compared with regular Cow’s Milk the case of nutrition is clearly on the side of our happy little hemp seeds.

Protein

Protein is regarded as a ‘macro’ nutrient meaning it should make up a large portion of your nutrient intake. The quality of protein you eat should therefore be somewhat of a priority, particularly for athletes who require even higher amounts of protein to keep their body strong and lean.

 

Hemp Seeds  not only contain a lot of protein (approximately 33g of protein in 100g of seeds), as a protein source it is nutritionally superior to most if not all other protein sources owing to a number of factors that will be discussed here.

 

An Organic, Non-Allergenic, Non-GMO, Digestible, Wholefood

 

Not many other high protein sources can make all these claims. A couple of examples…

 

Soya Beans are about 13% protein when freshly picked. This increases to about 37% protein after being dried to remove moisture. Sounds pretty good, but Soya Beans:

 

  • Are mostly GMO – over 80% of all the world’s Soya is genetically modified.
  • Is a cause of allergies to a significant number of people.
  • Is difficult to digest – raw soy beans contain toxic chemicals that interfere with digestion and are suspected of causing various other metabolic problems.
  • Requires chemical processing to turn it into high-protein powder which can result in harmful contaminants in the final product.

 

Rice Protein Powder does not cause allergies in most people yet it is not a whole food. Rice grains naturally contain a very small amount (2%) of protein. They are mostly carbohydrate (90%) and therefore do not need to naturally contain compounds that assist in the digestion of protein.

 

To turn Rice into high protein powder requires chemical processing which removes the few digestive aids that were there to begin with. It also retains a high sodium content which causes fluid retention and is therefore not ideal for those wanting a firmer, more athletic body.

1. Heavy Metal Contamination?

Independent tests have revealed that most Rice protein powders contain high levels of toxic heavy metals like lead, arsenic and mercury, something the leading brands apparently knew about but only agreed to try and reduce after being exposed: http://labs.naturalnews.com

 

Our Hemp Seeds have also been tested for lead, arsenic and mercury. The results? “below detectable” meaning “zero”. We beat all the Hemp and Rice products tested by the Natural News labs.

 

Hemp Protein Powder  is made without chemical processing and simply involves mechanical pressing, grinding and filtering. It is therefore still a wholefood even at 50-60% protein because it retains all the necessary components for proper digestion and assimilation. Hemp is perfectly suited to a human diet:

 

  • It has no reported cases of allergies.
  • It is non-GMO Organic
  • It is the only plant to create and store its protein in the form of Edestin and Albumin. These are the forms that the human body already uses for the proteins in our blood and immune system and are therefore easily recognized and processed using minimal amounts of energy.
  • It does not contain enzyme inhibitors.

 

Regardless of how much protein a powder contains, if your body cannot absorb it into its cells and/or it causes damage to your body, it is a waste of your time consuming it.

 

The combination of Hemp’s highly digestible Edestin and Albumin protein with naturally occurring dietary fiber, abundance of naturally occurring digestive aids and zero sodium gives your body the best possible chance of taking what goes in your mouth and putting it to good use without causing any harm.

 

2. Protein for Muscle Growth and Exercise Recovery

Despite all this talk about protein, protein is actually not what your body needs to build muscle. Protein can be likened to a chain made up of links. The links in a protein chain are called Amino Acids. It is the Amino Acids the body uses in metabolic processes such as energy production and muscle building.

 

If you wanted to build a house, you would want a truck to come to your building site and deliver bricks, not another house. When you eat protein, you are effectively presenting your digestive system with a house that the body then has to break down into bricks before it can be used for building muscle.

 

Assuming your body is capable of breaking the protein up into individual amino acids and delivering them to the cells where metabolism takes place – the number and proportion of different amino acids arriving at the cell determine how well your body can build muscle and whether your existing muscle gets burned up for energy in times of stress (muscle loss) or is preserved.

 

Hemp protein is exceptional and unique in both its:

  • Ability to be delivered to the cells as amino acids.
  • Amino acid composition or ‘profile’ – it contains all the amino acids your body is not capable of making itself and it contains them in ratios that favor muscle building.

 

3. Muscle Growth Research

It has been known for some time that the simple act of consuming protein can be anabolic i.e. causes your body to build muscle. In recent years scientists have sought to determine how this process works and if any one amino acid is more important than the others for triggering muscle growth.

 

By a process of eliminating amino acids one by one from a meal consumed by test subjects they were able to determine that muscle growth continues to take place unless the amino acid Leucine is removed. Leucine is the key that switches on muscle growth.

 

Following this further study took place to determine how the muscle growth process could be maximized. A number of criteria were identified.

 

  1. BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS

 

Leucine is one of three amino acids with a branched chain structure and is therefore called a branched chain amino acid (BCAA). The research found that Leucine stimulates new muscle synthesis best when in the presence of the other 2 branched chain amino acids.

 

  • Hemp contains high concentrations of Leucine and the other 2 BCAAs.

2. Inflammation

Inflammation was identified as something that inhibits muscle growth. Inflammation is the cause of soreness felt after intense exercise. If the research is correct then equipping your body with non-toxic foods that resist inflammation is essential for optimal recovery. Without it, muscle growth will be stunted and all that time spent in the gym or training outdoors will be mostly wasted.

 

  • Hemp is packed with anti-inflammatories in the form of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids like Omega 3, Omega-6 and GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).

 

3. Mature Age Muscle

It is know that as we age our levels of muscle building hormones decrease and our response to exercise diminishes. Does that mean there is no hope for people over 50 who want to look and feel strong and healthy? The research mentioned previously proved the answer to be ‘no’ – there is hope for older exercisers.

 

In their research they compared the muscle building response to exercise between men over 50 and men who were much younger. When consuming meals containing 7g of essential amino acids the younger men grew muscle while the older men did not, however, when they increased the leucine content of the 7g mixture from 1.7g to 2.8g for the older men they started growing muscle at the same rate as the younger men. When the total level of essential amino acids in the meal reached 15g there was no difference in response to exercise between the younger and older men.

 

The challenge for older exercisers who want to grow young again becomes eating enough clean protein to consistently hit the high level of essential amino acids. Older bodies are less able to cope with toxins so reaching for Soy, Whey or a Chicken breast might work for a while with younger people but they are simply going to be turned into fat in older people.

 

Hemp’s unique nutrient profile is a must for anyone over 50 wanting to build muscle without causing more damage to their body as it ages.

 

Omega-3

Have you ever wondered why there is so much interest in Omega-3? Is it just another nutrient like Protein or Vitamin C? What does it do and what’s the best way to get Omega-3 for your body?

 

Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid or PUFA that occurs naturally as an oil in some grasses, seeds and aquatic plants, and animals. In 1981 it was realized that Omega-3 and Omega-6 cannot be made by human bodies so just like Vitamin C, were given the official designation of being “Essential” meaning:

 

  • you can’t survive without them
  • your body can’t make them
  • you must obtain them from your diet

 

At the same time it was discovered that these Omega Oils are easily damaged by heat, air and light and that if you eat damaged oils they not only fail to correct a deficiency, they can act as poisons making things even worse. The bright lights in supermarkets speed up the oxidation of these oils causing them to give off an unpleasant smell and taste. So food manufacturers routinely use heat and chemicals to remove Omega oils from foods to extend shelf life. Cooked or processed foods are not a good way to get your essentials.

 

According to healthy fats pioneer and expert on Omega oils, Dr. Udo Erasmus: “more health problems come from eating bad fats and bad oils than any other part of nutrition.”

 

1. What Omega Oils Do

For starters, Omega-3 and 6 make up a core component of every cell in your body – the cell membrane. Ignoring water content, 60% of your brain is made of Omega-3 and Omega-6 (30% of each). So most of your brain is made of Omega-3 and 6.

 

Secondly, the body is constantly renewing itself, for example your skin cells are completely replaced over a period of 15-30 days. So your body constantly needs a fresh ‘daily’ supply of Omega Oils to rebuild all the cells that get replaced.

 

Additionally they both play critical roles in:

  • energy metabolism
  • protein metabolism
  • mood
  • memory
  • concentration and learning
  • hormones
  • immune function
  • skin health
  • healing

 

So while deficiency of Vitamin C can cause connective tissue problems and deficiency in Vitamin D can cause bone problems, deficiency in Omega-3 and 6 cause problems in every part of your body. Connective tissues, bones, eyes, hair, cardiovascular, brain, muscles, reproductive system, and digestive system – everything can suffer if you are not eating enough of these oils.

 

The flip side of this is that people can notice widespread improvements in their health when they do start taking in enough of them.

 

2. Is There an Ideal Ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6?

If you have been researching Omega-3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid or LNA) and Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid or LA) you may have heard that the World Health Organization recommends a ratio of LNA to LA of 1:4 or more simply put that the ratio of LA / LNA is 4 – both of which suggest that you should eat 4 times as much Omega-6 as Omega-3.

 

If you actually read the World Health Organization report that is not what it says. It states “there is no compelling scientific rationale for the recommendation of a specific ratio of Omega-6 to Omega 3” It goes on to recommend that intakes should fall within a certain range to be optimal for human health.

 

What is this range? Their recommendations are that 0.5 – 2% of your calories should come from Omega-3 with intakes closer to 2% corresponding to a ‘healthy diet’. They recommend 3 – 9% of your calories should come from Omega-6 with intakes in the mid to higher part of that range corresponding to a ‘healthy diet’. This gives a range of LA/LNA from about 3 to 5.

As you can see, Hemp Seeds and Walnuts are the only known food sources that on their own provide Omega-3 and 6 within the recommended range.

3. Is Omega-3 More Important Than Omega 6?

Dr. Udo Erasmus recommends a lower LA/LNA ratio from 0.5 to 1 and states that if you go any lower than 0.5 (i.e. more than twice as much Omega-3 as Omega 6) you will create an Omega-6 deficiency. So perhaps the range should be from 1 to 5 times as much Omega-6 as Omega 3.

 

 

The evidence thus far suggests that Omega-6 is at least as important as Omega-3 and possibly even more important. So why all the fuss over Omega-3 with a lot of marketing pushing us towards focusing on Omega-3 and even avoiding Omega 6?

 

 

This has been a tactic developed and very effectively deployed by the Fish Oil industry but also taken up by some selling Flax, Chia and the new one Sacha Inchi (Incan Peanuts) all of which fall outside the recommended LA/LNA range but are enjoying a nice ride on the Fish Oil fueled “Omega 3” wave.

 

 

4. Don’t We Already Get Too Much Omega 6?

True, the modern Western diet is reported to have a LA/LNA ratio closer to 100 (100 times as much Omega-6 as Omega 3) however keep in mind that this huge imbalance is not due to people eating too much healthy, undamaged Omega 6, it’s from a diet full of toxic Omega-6 that has been damaged by heat, chemicals, air and light. For example, Margarine is synthetic Omega-6 and whenever you see “vegetable oil” on a food label – that’s heat treated Omega 6. Popping a few Omega-3 capsules thinking it will bring the ratio back into balance is false logic and not a substitute for cleaning up a toxic diet.

 

 

Those people eating a modern diet are actually deficient in both Omega-3 and 6. A better approach would be to stop eating so much fried, processed food and increase fruit and vegetable intake while introducing a clean, balanced, undamaged source of both Omega-3 and 6 – like Hemp.

 

 

5. Why Hemp Is the Best Source of Omega-3 and 6

For a long term healthy diet, Hemp Seeds and Oil are superior to other sources of Omegas. Hemp Seeds;

 

  • Contain more Omega-3 and 6 than other sources.
  • Provide GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) which isn’t found in Fish, Flax, Soy, Chia or Sacha Inchi.
  • Are more sustainable and obtainable than other sources.
  • Are easier to eat – taste good and don’t require soaking, roasting or crushing to be usable.
  • Easily satisfy dietary Omega oil needs without risk of causing deficiency. For the average adult consuming 3000 calories per day they would satisfy the recommended daily Omega Oil intake with 2.5 tablespoons of Hemp Oil or 4.5 tablespoons of Hemp Seeds.
  • Provide higher quality and quantity of protein than any other food source.
  • Provide the B Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids necessary for utilization of Omega oils.
  • Are naturally rich in Gamma Tocopherol, the most potent form of Vitamin E and the preservative of choice for Omega Oils.

 

6. Fish or Hemp: What is essential?

When we talk about essential fatty acids, the term “essential” actually only applies to Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA) and Linoleic Acid (LA) – the two Omega oils found in plants but does not apply to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) or Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), the Omega-3 derivatives found in Fish Oil.

 

 

The reason is that your body can and does convert LNA into EPA and DHA, so you don’t need to eat EPA or DHA – you only need to make sure you have enough LNA and your body can make the others from it.

 

 

FACT #1 – the EPA and DHA found in Fish Oil are not essential dietary components.

 

 

But what about claims that your body cannot convert ALA (as found in Hemp Oil) into EPA and DHA or that the conversion rate is too low? That claim was not true when the fish oil industry invented it and it is not true now. Your body can convert ALA into both EPA and DHA. Various factors influence how much conversion takes place but the research is well established that at least 20-30% of Omega-3 LNA gets converted into the Omega-3 derivatives EPA and DHA.

 

 

FACT #2 – Omega-3 from plant sources are converted into EPA and DHA in your body.

 

 

Things that enhance the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA are:

  • Protein
  • B Vitamins
  • Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium

 

All of which are found in high abundance in Hemp Seeds.

 

 

Another fact which increases the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA is being vegetarian. Research at Cambridge University showed that conversion is 22% higher in vegetarians than in people who eat fish.

 

 

FACT #3 – Vegetarian bodies are better at metabolizing ALA Omega 3

 

 

A few other things you should know about Fish Oil. Firstly, wild and farmed fish all over the world are known to be contaminated with dangerous toxins such as Mercury, Dioxins and PCBs. This is why the FDA and others publish public warnings to limit the amount of fish eaten, especially in pregnant women.

 

 

7. How Much Do You Need?

This information is purely for educational purposes, do not take this as nutritional or medical advice, you may consult your medical practitioner (GP) for this. How much you need would depend on your size, activity level, health status, sex and a whole lot of other factors.

 

 

The National Heart Foundation recommends people consume a combined total of 500mg of EPA and DHA every day. Knowing that approximately 30% of LNA from plant sources like Hemp is converted to EPA and DHA in the body this means that 1 tablespoon of Hemp Seeds or half a tablespoon of Hemp Oil per day would satisfy the Heart Foundation guidelines.

 

 

8. Fish Do Not Make Omega 3

Fish don’t even make Omega-3 – guess where they get it from? Plants! Fish must eat plankton and algae in the ocean to obtain Omega-3 or they must eat other fish that have eaten plants. So why not cut out the smelly non-essential middleman and go straight to the original clean green Omega machines, plants, of which hemp comes out the winner, again.