by Manitoba Harvest
Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on Earth! Hemp fiber can be used for everything from textiles and plastic to fuel and heavy-duty construction materials. Hemp seed is also used to make cosmetics and foods. So, what’s so great about hemp foods?
1. Hemp foods are delicious! Hemp foods all start with the hemp seed, which has a naturally nutty flavor. Hemp’s flavor complements any meal and can enhance the most common dish. For example, change up how you prepare fish or chicken by coating it in hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) for an easy, gluten-friendly crust.
2. Hemp is easy to use. Sprinkle hemp hearts on cereal, yogurt, salad, and pretty much anything else! Add them to smoothies and baked goods. Hemp hearts are great to use as the base for making homemade hummus or pesto, too. Blend hemp protein powder into your favorite smoothie, stir into oatmeal or yogurt, and add hemp protein powder to baking.
Drizzle hemp oil over pasta and grilled veggies or add it to your favorite salad dressings and sauces. Try coating fresh organic popcorn with hemp oil. The buttery texture and nutty taste is simply delicious.
3. Hemp foods are full of protein. Hemp is one of the few plant-based proteins that contain all ten essential amino acids. Hemp hearts contain twice the amount of protein as chia or flax. There’s actually more protein in a 30-gram serving size of hemp hearts than in the same 30-gram serving of either chicken, almonds, cheese, or ground beef.
4. Hemp foods are rich in omegas. Hemp contains omegas 3, 6 and 9 in the ratio that nature intended. Included in hemp’s omega profile is the rare omega 6 gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been shown to support healthy hair, skin, and nails, as well as aid in optimal hormone balance. GLA is why hemp oil is used in beauty products.
5. Hemp protein is not a carbohydrate, unlike many other vegetarian proteins. It’s the perfect partner to all the healthy and delicious carbohydrate-rich plant foods like grains fruits, and legumes.
6. Hemp is packed with magnesium. Nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Muscle Relaxant,” magnesium helps muscles turn off their contraction, enabling relaxation. This means magnesium helps reduce headaches, constipation, stress, cramps, and more. A 30-gram serving of hemp hearts offers almost half of the recommended daily magnesium intake!
7. Hemp is never genetically modified and sustainably grown, so being better for you also means being better for the environment.
8. Hemp is not the same as marijuana. Comparing hemp and marijuana is like comparing beer and dealcoholized beer. Hemp foods contain less than 0.003% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will NOT cause a psychoactive effect or a false positive drug test, whereas marijuana contains double-digit THC levels.
9. Hemp foods contain no known allergens. Need to bring a food item to an allergen-free environment or a potluck with picky eaters? Hemp foods are your answer! Paleo, gluten-free, high protein, whole foods, or vegetarian – hemp foods fit into most specialty diets.
10. Did we mention that hemp foods taste great, are easy to use, and nutritious too?!
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