Hemp as a Superfood!
Hemp Super Facts
• 100% natural plant-based, non-genetically modified
• High quality and highly digestible proteins
• Gluten free
• Excellent source of fibre
• Perfect balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 (3:1) essential
• Trans fat free
• Extremely high in antioxidants
• Can help lower cholesterol and moderate blood sugar
• Can help with regularity
• Low glycemic – helps in body weight control and in
• Versatile – can be used in many foods and beverages –
or on its own as nature’s perfect snack!
“O” (The Oprah Magazine) identified that “…2012 is all about hemp seeds – one of Six New Superfoods.”
“…Rich in magnesium, potassium, iron, protein and essential Omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, hemp seeds are tiny but filling. And unlike flaxseeds, they aren’t bound up in a hard shell, so you don’t have to grind them to unlock their nutritional benefits. They taste a bit like pine nuts, and their soft texture makes them ideal for mixing into smoothies; Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of the nutrition counseling and consulting practice Nutritious Life, blends them with hemp milk (though you could also use soy, almond or rice milk), bananas, cinnamon and a spoonful of peanut or almond butter for a power breakfast. You can also sprinkle them on salads.”
– Lynn Andriani, The Oprah Magazine
Here are Hemp Nutrition Specifics
Hemp seeds are 100% plant-based and are naturally derived with a flavourful “nutty” taste. Hulled or shelled seeds (also known as hemp hearts or hemp nuts) can be used in the daily diet. Toasted or raw, they consist of high quality and highly digestible proteins and are gluten free. Hemp seeds can be consumed whole or ground, and they taste great. With 25% protein, 31% fat, and 34% fibre, in addition to an
interesting array of vitamins and minerals, the nutritional composition of a hemp seed is exceptional!
The plant-based protein in hemp is easily digestible and includes the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.
Key to hemp protein is that it is gluten-free. Plant proteins such as hemp can aid in weight loss as they are more filling than animal-based
proteins. Protein powders made from whole hemp seed are a popular health food used for weight reduction and for muscle building.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of dietary fibre (the good carb!). Most people only consume one-half of the recommended levels of dietary fibre that they need for good health. Hemp contains 3% soluble fibre which helps lower cholesterol and moderate blood sugar, and 27% insoluble fibre that helps with regularity. And hemp fibre is low glycemic – which also helps in body weight control and in diabetes.
Hemp oil has been dubbed “nature’s most perfectly balanced oil,” due to its ideal balance of 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 (linoleic) to Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) essential fatty acids. Hemp also contains rare “good fats” in the form of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA). This fatty acid combination is unique among food oils. Hemp oil is also trans fat free and extremely high in antioxidants (such as Vitamin E). Hemp oils are cold pressed without the use of high heat to protect these valuable nutrients. The presence of these nutrients helps regulate heart function, insulin balance, mood stability, skin and joint health.
To provide the daily recommendations of between 8 and 16 grams of Omega-6 and between 3 and 6 grams of Omega-3, 14-28 mL (1 to 2 tablespoons) of hemp seed oil or 42-84 mL (3 to 6 tablespoons) of hemp seed can be consumed.
Made from whole hemp seeds, packed full of nutritional goodness, hemp milk is flavourful, versatile and does not contain any known allergens. You can drink it straight from the glass, use it in cereal, add it to hot beverages, or use it as a substitute for dairy milk in recipes.
Additional Food Products
Hemp foods and beverages now available on North American retail shelves include salad dressings, nutrition bars, granola, nut butter, chips, flour, breads, cookies, cereals, meatless burgers, pasta, coffee, and frozen desserts.
Naturopath Support for Hemp
Here’s what Dr. Lindsey Duncan, Naturopathic Expert, discussed on http://www.doctoroz.com about the health benefits of hemp seed:
“Hemp seed is a beneficial fiber because it’s a good source of Omega fats with a proper ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids… It’s also one of the highest sources of protein and amino acids. In fact, hemp seed contains more protein than a glass of milk, tofu, chicken and other meats, fish, soybeans and various nuts.”