Friday, 16 September 2016

Hemp Seeds: Why and How You Should Be Eating This Superfood

Humans have been using hemp for thousands of years, and for good reason too--it's extremely versatile. Used for clothes, beauty products, paper, food, milk, pet products and more, hemp lives up to the definition of a superseed.

Although hemp is breaking away from it's negative reputation for being associated with the Cannabis plant, it's important to know that it's not relatively close to being like marijuana--it is bred with much lower levels of the psychedelic chemical THC than the drug is. Our favorite way to use hemp is, of course, in its edible form: as an oil, a fiber and a seed. Hemp seeds especially carry tons of nutritional benefits and can be used in numerous amounts of recipes.

 Health Benefits
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This list is a long one! There are so many health benefits to hemp seeds that it would be foolish not to run out to the store this instant to buy them! 

  • A 1.5-tablespoon serving of hemp seeds contains five grams of protein, 86 milligrams of magnesium, 10 percent daily value of iron, 1245 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids and 436 milligrams of Omega-6 fatty acids!
  • One of the Omega-6 acids, gamma linolenic acid (or GLA), is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory hormones that support a healthy metabolism and good skin, hair and nails.
  • Like flaxseeds, hemp seeds contain all ten of the essential amino acids
  • It's protein source is much more digestible than others, and won't leave you feeling bloated.
  • Hemp seeds contain anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E.
  • They're also rich in other minerals such as zinc and phosphorus.

Indulge in Hemp! 

Hemp seeds, which are technically a fruit, can be used in a wide variety of recipes. If you're looking for something simple, add them to your favorite smoothies. But if you're feeling a little more adventurous, then check out some of the tasty recipes below that incorporate this delicious superfood.  

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