Kale – can you imagine life without it? Even if you are not a fan of the vegetable, you’ve probably heard health-conscious friends rave about it or read an article that promotes its benefits. Kale has gained immense popularity over the last decade as a superfood that can provide essential nutrients to support a healthy lifestyle. There are now predictions that hemp is about to take over kale’s longstanding position as the king of green vegetables. And you know what this means – get ready for a wave of new products that include hemp.
The fact that hemp is about to take over the food and drug industry isn’t just hearsay; research is showing that hemp measures up to kale, and in some cases, is even better at helping the human body fight against serious diseases. Here’s a comparison of the two so that you can determine if hemp can help you take a step toward good health.
If you’re wondering what hemp is, it is a type of cannabis plant that is traditionally used to make textiles because it is very sturdy. What’s important to note here is that hemp leaves and seeds contain very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Even though cannabis has a lot of benefits, people have stigmatized it because of the intoxicated feeling that follows consumption. The great thing about hemp is that does not create any high because it contains less than 0.3% of THC. Young hemp leaves are not as sturdy as mature ones, and some restaurants are already incorporating them into salads. Moreover, hemp seeds are pressed to get oil, and the crushed leaves are used to make flour. Many biotech companies are using hemp-derived oil to create beauty and pain-treatment solutions. The food industry is also using hemp flour to make pasta that is high in fiber.
Kale is a vegetable from the cabbage family and is an excellent source of vitamins and antioxidants. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K: A one cup serving contains more than 100% of the recommended dietary allowance. It is high in antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol, which can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and help prevent cancer. Consumers also love kale for its detoxifying properties.
The Final Verdict
As we can see from the paragraph above, health aficionados hail kale as the king of green vegetables for a reason. Then why are there predictions that hemp is about to take its place? That’s because hemp can provide all the medical benefits of cannabis without any side effects. And the benefits of hemp are innumerable: It can reduce chronic pain, prevent heart disease, fight cancer, treat depression, heal broken bones, slow down the growth of Alzheimer’s, to name a few. One thing is certain: hemp is more versatile than kale and has different purposes in the form of leaves, oil, and flour. The decision to use hemp to improve health is a personal choice. However, it does seem like it is going to be readily available as a superfood soon.