It’s no secret I love hemp seeds! These small, soft, off white/green seeds are nutrient dense and easy to incorporate into savory and sweet meals, which means there is really no excuse for leaving them out of your diet! Before I go into further detail on the benefits of hemp seeds, it’s worth noting that despite the name ‘Hemp’ being associated with smoking cannabis and getting ‘high’, hemp seeds themselves do not contain THC which is the part of cannabis responsible for it’s psychoactive properties. Nonetheless, you will experience a different form of euphoria by getting creative and working these ‘magic’ seeds into your daily diet – the euphoria that comes when your body is thriving from nutrient dense foods.
Outside of certain Marine Algae’s, which are a little less versatile in terms of incorporating into meals, hemp seeds are one of the best plant food source of essential fatty acids – Omega 3’s and 6’s. Our body cannot synthesise these essential fatty acids on it’s own so it is integral we get them from our diet (this is why they are called ESSENTIAL). For every 1 TBSP of hemp seeds, you are providing your body with 1,000mg of Omega 3. What about chia and flax Seeds? They, too, are great sources of Omega 3’s and in fact, have around 2.4x the Omega 3 content per serve compared to hemp seeds, however chia and flax contain around 20-30% less amino acids (protein building blocks). The table below highlights what each of these seeds offers – as always, I recommend balance so using all 3 of these sparingly (little bit goes a long way as you will see by the serving sizes) throughout your diet will no doubt give the best results compared to just always using the same seed.
Hemp seeds contain over 10grams of protein per serve (3 Tbsps) which is made up of all 9 essential amino acids. This means it is a ‘complete’ protein source, providing your body with the necessary building blocks to then go and create whatever protein your body requires (there are over 30,000 different types of proteins in the body – some common examples are things like collagen, insulin, enzymes, antibodies, contractile. etc.).
1 serve of hemp seeds provides 8% of your daily Dietary Fibre Intake recommendation. In the western world, the majority of people do not consume enough fibre per day (RDI is 25-30g per day in Australia & USA and 30g per day in UK). Among other things, insufficient Dietary Fibre has been strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, cancers and type 2 diabetes.
Hemp seeds are rich in Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Zinc & Iron.
Hemp seeds are naturally low in sugar, vegan & gluten free.
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