How is Hemp Grown Seeds And What are the benefits?
Hemp is a versatile commodity that has been utilized worldwide for years across food, textiles, cosmetics, and building materials. Up until 2017 hemp was only grown and sold within Australia under cosmetic terms, however new food regulations in November 2017 finally allowed Australians to legally consume and enjoy this highly nutritious superfood in their diets.
How is hemp Grown?
Hemp Seeds are the seed of the hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa. Whilst hemp is of the same species as cannabis (marijuana), it only contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), therefore cannot cause hallucinogenic effects from consumption. The hemp plant contains no buds and is less leafy than the marijuana plant.
Hemp Seeds are like little nuts that have a crisp outer shell and a soft center. Hulled hemp seeds, also known as “hemp hearts”, have their outer shell removed, leaving you with the soft, chewy center that is versatile and easy to use.
What are the Benefits of Hemp Seeds?
Hemp Seeds are made up of 33% protein, which is higher than quinoa. Protein is essential for the healing and repairing of muscle and tissue.
Hemp Seeds contain all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. This makes hemp a” complete” protein source!
They are full of good fats, omega 3 and omega 6. These omegas are not naturally made by the body however are essential to support the structure and function of body cells.
Due to the high omega 3 content, hemp seeds are able to assist with the balance of inflammation.
These seeds are a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A & E, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron Hemp Seeds are full of soluble and insoluble fibre, which aids healthy digestion and helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Hemp seeds are low in sugar, naturally free from gluten and ideal for people following a plant-based diet.
How to Use Hemp Seeds?
The hulled seeds are very versatile and easy to use in cooking. They have a mild nutty flavour and can be added to almost anything – from nut butters, baking, smoothies, cooking, snacks and salads. Add to cereal, muesli or porridge .Blend into smoothies or sprinkle on top of smoothie bowls. Make fresh hemp milk using a nut milk bag. Add to salads, soups and stews. Blend to make a nutritious hemp seed spread. Add to bliss balls and raw bars. GOODNESS TIP: Hemp seeds are sensitive to light so keep them in a cool dark place to keep them fresh and nutritious.
Where to buy Hemp Seeds?
Australian Hulled Hemp Seeds are available from our online shop and our Alexandria (Sydney) store in an 800g size.
Disclaimer: This article is originally published on https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323037