While the concept of eating hemp may seem a little strange at first, once you realise just how nutritious (not to mention tasty) hemp is, you’ll be sprinkling those little seeds onto everything.
Why eat hemp?
Hemp foods are made from a type of cannabis plant that is extremely low in THC (the psychoactive component in marijuana). Eating hemp foods will most definitely not get you high. It will, however, deliver your body some fantastic nutritional benefits. Hemp seeds – the main part of the plant used for food – are considered one of the most nutritious seeds in the world. They are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and easy-to-digest plant protein and have an excellent balance of healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.
How do you eat hemp?
Hemp seeds can be added to almost anything for an extra boost of nutrition. They have a soft, creamy texture and a mild nutty flavour. They can be sprinkled on salads or breakfast cereals, added to raw bars or balls, incorporated into smoothies or sprinkled on avocado on toast. Those with gluten sensitivities can use them as a breadcrumb substitute. You can even make them into a hemp milk. The seeds can also be turned into other food ingredients such as hemp oil and hemp protein powder.
The seeds are the part of the hemp plant that are used for food. Hulled hemp seed, which is the whole seed with the crunchy outer shell removed, is what you’re looking for. Hulled hemp seed, or hemp hearts, are about the size of a sesame seed, have a soft creamy texture and a nutty flavour. The seeds are also used to make other products such as hemp protein powder and hemp oil.
Will hemp foods get your high?
Let’s get this one out of the way straight up. The simple answer is no. Hemp is a relative of the marijuana plant, but it contains hardly detectable levels of THC (the psychoactive component that is responsible for users getting a ‘high’). Hemp foods are made from a variety of THC-free hemp, so they have no psychological effects.
Hemp seeds are considered one of the most nutritious seeds in the world. They have an optimal balance of Omega-3 and Omega- 6 Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s. One to two tablespoons will meet your daily Omega 3 requirements.
Hemp seeds are packed with easy-to-digest plant based protein. At 33g protein per 100g, they contain more protein than flax or chia.
They contain fibre, Vitamin E, B Vitamins and minerals including Magnesium and Iron.
Hemp seeds are one of the richest, most balanced source of Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids. They are a vegan-friendly alternative to oily fish as a source of Omega 3′ and are an excellent source of plant-based protein.
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