Hemp seeds taste nutty and creamy, kind of like a cross between a pine nut and a sunflower seed.
These seeds are bursting with health benefits. Many people predict that hemp seeds are about to emerge as the next superfood. The current contenders for the title are flax and chia seeds.
Here are some reasons you should include hemp seeds in your diet:
- They beat flax and chia in protein. Two tablespoons of hemp seeds have about 7 grams of protein, the amount found in two egg whites.
- They are also more versatile than flax and chia. You don’t need to grind them or soak them in water to obtain their nutritional benefits.
- Hemp contains all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids. The human body cannot create essential amino acids and must obtain them from food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are critical for health.
- Hemp seeds are a remarkable source of magnesium. Two tablespoons of hemp seeds provide one-fourth of the daily requirement of the mineral (116 mg). Magnesium helps maintain nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart steady, and regulates glucose levels.
- Hemp seeds provide the perfect ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (approximately 1:3). One ounce of the seeds provides 1100 Omega 3 and 2700 Omega 6. Hemp seeds are a better and more sustainable source of omega 3, 6, and 9 than alternatives like fish oil supplements.
- If you look closely at a shelled hemp seed, it looks like a sesame seed with a green tip. The green tip is chlorophyll, which is amazing for your body. Chlorophyll can help improve liver detoxification, speed up wound healing, and improve digestion.
What is industrial hemp?
Industrial hemp is an extremely versatile plant and has over 25,000 possible applications. Traditionally, industries use hemp to make textiles, ropes, and paper. The plant has strong fibers, which are impossible to break after about three weeks of growth.
Hemp leaves can also be eaten. However, for culinary purposes, farmers pluck the leaves at an early stage so that they are not as sturdy.
Farmers also pluck hemp seeds from the same plant as industrial hemp. These are used in salads and smoothies. To give you an idea of the plant’s versatility: hemp seeds are pressed to produce oil and the resulting by-product is processed into flour, from which products like pasta are created.