Hemp seeds are one of the new darlings of the health food world and when you take a look at their nutritional profile, you understand why. Hemp is known for its ideal concentrations of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids(1-3 ratio) which have the potential to beneficially influence heart disease and improve skin issues. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential and non-essential amino acids making it a complete protein- a perfect vegan protein source. (In fact, 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 11 grams of protein.) They contain GLA (gamma linolenic acid), a building block of anti-inflammatory hormones that can also help reduce menopause symptoms. Hemp seeds are chock full of disease-fighting, plant-based phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E. It also adds vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.
People often ask if eating hemp seeds will lead to the same high as smoking marijuana. While the two do come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, marijuana is bred to have a high THC level while hemp is bred to contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis sativa. Because hemp lacks the THC, eating hemp seeds will not produce a high.
Hemp seeds have a mild flavor similar to chopped walnuts. They are excellent in both smoothies and baked goods, sprinkled on salads or in yogurt and are often made into a source for vegan protein powder. They are an incredibly versatile source of nutrition. Tell me about your favorite recipes for hemp seeds.
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