There are few foods that can stand up to the nutritional make-up of the hemp seeds. If you were looking for an easy healthful add-on to your diet then I would take a look into hemp seeds or hemp protein powder. Hemp would be a smart choice for so many reasons.
The hemp seeds contain ALA and GLA, which make it a natural anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Reducing your inflammation is key to reducing your risks of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Each of us needs an optimum balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Ideally a ratio between 2:1 to 5:1. The hemp ratio is approximately 3:1. Hemp oil also contains this ratio. Hemp protein is easily digested and contains well-balanced amounts of all essential amino acids for older children and adults.
For everyone who is concerned about the planet, the hemp plant is good because it is grown without pesticides due to its resiliency. Also, hemp doesn’t deplete the soil but actually has a revitalizing effect. “Agriculture Canada, that country’s version of our USDA, estimates that per acre, hemp yields four times as much paper as trees and more digestible protein than any other food source. And it takes only 3 to 4 months for the plant to mature, making it an extremely sustainable commodity.”
So lets get back to how you can benefit from hemp. Protein shakes and smoothies are a huge trend that many incorporate into their morning routine or use to replace a meal sometime during the day. I have been making shakes/smoothies for almost ten years now. I recently changed my plant protein to hemp after finding out how much better it is for you then whey or a pea protein powder. It is an easy swap to make with huge benefits. It is a good option for those of you who eat vegan or diary free.
Some of you may be wondering if you can get high on hemp? No, hemp is derived from the marijuana plant; it contains minuscule concentrations of the psychoactive ingredient THC. “Therefore, hemp seeds can be enjoyed as a regular part of your daily diet without the worry of experiencing psychoactive effects”.
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Tweed, VT. (Summer 2016). Why Hemp Is So Hip. Amazing Wellness, p.10.