For too long hemp seeds have been avoided and overlooked for their nutritional values and benefits, the majority of people have been turned off hemp seeds because of its relationship to the medicine/drug cannabis, however hemp seeds DO NOT cause any psychotropic or mind bending side effects, quite the opposite. They provide many health benefits and may just be the superfood you are looking for. Whilst hemp seeds are from the plant Cannabis Sativa, which is the same species of plant as “marijuana” the hemp seed only contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) the chemical element that gives you the “high feeling”.
The humble hulled hemp seed (hemp heart) is extraordinarily nutritious, they are rich in minerals, protein, healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They have an excellent balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which aid in cardiovascular health. Hemp seeds are high in GMA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) which is an essential Omega 6 fatty acid that has been proven to naturally balance hormones. But wait there’s more ! Hemp seeds have been called the perfect protein because not only do they contain all twenty amino acids they also hold each of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce. Hemp seeds are rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre which clean the colon and helps reduce sugar cravings. Now that you know the truth about hemp seeds, let’s get to the recipes that will help you in making this delicious and nutritious seed a staple part of your diet.