Organic, hulled, cold-stored. Rich in omega fatty acids and protein, hemp seeds taste delicious on their own, sprinkled on salads, blended in smoothies or as a Superfood Goo (Recipe below).
By now you’ve heard so much about the benefits of hemp, you know its more than just distant cousin of cannabis. But other than knowing that it is some sort of super seed, how much do we really know about this nutty nutrition powerhouse?
What exactly are hemp seeds?Hemp seeds are the edible portion of the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Once they are shelled, sometimes they are called hemp nuts. They’re about the size of sesame seeds, but a little softer.
Wait a second… Isn’t cannabis illegal?Nope – just relatives down the line, sort of like your grandma’s cousin’s brother’s… dog. Don’t worry – if there is a drug test in store you won’t fail it (even though hemp does contain microscopic amounts of THC, the active component in marijuana).
What makes it so good for me?It’s a great source of plant protein: hemp seeds are a complete protein, which means it contains all of the 10 essential amino acids.
It’s free of top allergens: hemp seeds are free of soy, dairy, gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, wheat and the rest of the gang, making it a great choice for most individuals
It contains good fats: unsaturated fats make up the bulk of hemp seeds, which studies have shown may help lower your blood cholesterol
What’s the deal with the Omega 3s and 6s in hemp?Hemp seeds contain a balanced ratio of 1:3 Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. These good fats help our body function properly, from brain development to immune system support.
What does the ratio mean?Studies have shown that hemp seed oil is the closest to the best Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio (1:3) possible of any naturally occurring oil. Because we get too much Omega 6 in our diet, the closer the ratio in the foods we consume, the better.
Any other benefits?Hemp is high in magnesium, vitamin E, and chlorophyll.
Recipe for Superfood Goo
2 TB hemp seeds
1 TB raw cacao powder
1 TB agave nectar, melted raw honey, or coconut nectar
dash of pink salt
Stir it up with a spoon and enjoy with gratitude!
Substitute your superfoods of choice!