Hemp has been consumed as a staple food all over the world for thousands of years.
Hemp is an important dietary component because it contains an abundance of essential nutrients that are:
BALANCED –Â 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, so your body can easily take what it needs and eliminate what it doesn’t. Your body won’t waste energy or suffer 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, GMOs, 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 â 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, it doesn’t cause allergies or contain estrogen compounds. Every 100g of hemp seeds contain approximately 33g of this high quality protein in addition to:
- GLAÂ (Gamma Linolenic Acid) â 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-fightingÂ CLAÂ (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) as fish oil
- Practically noÂ carbohydratesÂ with less than half a gram of sugar per 20g serving
- Soluble and insolubleÂ fiber
- Cholesterol-fightingÂ phytosterolsÂ â 1480mg per 20g serving
- MineralsÂ including calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc
- Vitamin EÂ plus other antioxidants
- B vitaminsÂ including folate
- Vitamin D3Â the only known plant food source of this bone-building âsunshineâ vitamin
Compared with regular cow’s milk, the case of nutrition is clearly on the side of our happy little hemp seeds.
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 Flour – Gluten 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.