Hemp Seeds, Oils & Proteins
- Hemp contains the 10 essential amino acids that we need to consume from our food. The proteins in hemp are more easily digestible than in meat, dairy, soy or other high protein foods. Protein can help to balance out low-sugar levels so you feel fewer cravings for unhealthy foods.
- Hemp is a great source of fibre which keeps you fuller for longer, is great for the digestive system and takes the edge off those food cravings as well.
- Hemp contains Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids which help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels (1) and reduce the risk of chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes and cancer. These essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) are present in hemp seeds in the optimum 4:1 ratio
for human health.
- Hemp is a rare plant source of the omega 6 essential fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid or GLA, which has been shown in scientific studies to help control weight (2).
- Hemp seeds are perfect for people who are allergic to nuts, gluten or lactose. There are no reported allergies to hemp.
How to eat hemp
Hemp seeds are the basis for nearly all hemp food products. On the plant, the hemp seeds are covered with a crunchy outer shell. Once harvested the seeds are crushed for the oil and the meal that remains is milled to produce hemp flour and hemp protein.
Hemp seeds can be eaten with the shells on, in which case they are lightly toasted and naturally flavoured for a crunchy snack. Hemp seeds with the shells removed are called hulled hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) and they are quite soft with a nutty taste.
Hemp seeds can be sprinkled onto anything, muesli, porridge, salads, stir-fries (after cooking), they are great in smoothies, side dishes such as hummus, pesto, tapenades etc, and can be used for sweet treats too.
Hemp oil is great and can be used as a salad dressing, in smoothies and even, as British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall suggested, drizzled on toast with a bit of salt. Hemp oil should be kept in the fridge and not used for cooking, as high temperatures destroy the delicate essential fatty acids and any health benefits as well.
Hemp protein is ideal for people looking to build muscle tone and can also be added to smoothies or sports drinks as a daily and healthy supplement.
A daily tip for weight loss using hemp
Start your day with a smoothie. Not only do you get the vitamins, minerals and health boosting plant nutrients from the fruit, you will also find that you feel full for most of the morning.
Plan to eat a big salad later that day, either at lunchtime or for your evening meal. Some suggestions for salad vegetables include lettuce, grated carrots, beetroot and zucchini, with finely chopped raw broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage to bulk it up. Other salad vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber and herbs add flavour. If you like a bit of crunch feel free to add nuts, seeds (including hemp seeds) and dried fruit.
If you fancy a warm salad, add cooked sweet potatoes, eggs and green beans for a really tasty meal.
Hemp seeds are a nutritionally dense food and if you follow the recommended serving of 3-4 tablespoons of hemp seeds per day, you may find that you make healthier food choices for your remaining meals.
Hemp super smoothie
3 – 5 pieces of fruit (banana, mango, berries, pineapple, peaches, kiwi fruit – whatever is in season)
2 tbsp hemp seeds or hemp protein
1 tbsp hemp oil
1-2 cups water
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Add more water and blend again if required.
Serve and enjoy!
Homemade Hemp Seed Butter Recipe
by John Dvorak (www.hempology.org)
1 cup Shelled Hemp Seed
2-3 tbsp Hemp Oil
Combine Shelled Hemp Seed and Hemp Oil in a blender or food
processor for 2-3 minutes or until creamy. You can add a few dates
or tablespoons of honey or agave syrup for a slightly sweeter
For easier spreading, a bit more Hemp Oil can be added. Store in a
sealed container in a refrigerator.