Hemp is a nutrient dense seed that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
People are suspicious or automatically cautious because they associate it with marijuana. Although it belongs to the same family, the two plants are quite different. Marijuana contains high amounts of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), whereas hemp only has trace elements of it which won’t have any effect. Don’t fear this little potent protein- rich seed with its lovely nutty taste.
Hemp is considered a complete protein, just like quinoa, which means that it provides all the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce and must obtain from your diet.
Hemp products include hemp milk, hemp oil, hemp cheese substitutes, hemp seeds and hemp protein powder.
They are a powerhouse of healthy fats, protein and minerals and vitamins such as potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, beta-carotene which is a precursor for vitamin A and vitamins C, E, B6, thiamine, niacin, folate and riboflavin.
- It reduces inflammation because of its ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Un-hulled seeds aid with digestion due to its high fibre content.
- It reduces cholesterol because as it’s an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- It can reduce PMS and menopause symptoms because of the Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA)
But always keep in mind that a healthy lifestyle which includes, exercise, sunshine exposure, drinking water, a healthy diet and a good dose of laughter will assist your body to effectively assimilate and absorb what you feed it. Taking one ingredient only without other changes, will not have the desired effect.
Tips on how to use hemp:
- Use in home-made granola or seed bars
- Hemp oil can be drizzled over salads
- Grind de-hulled hemp seeds and sprinkle over salads, oats or yogurt
- Use in muffins or rusks.
Note: Keep seeds in the refrigerator after opening the container.