After a recent decision to eat healthier, I decided to research the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds (for obvious reasons). I found that people from all over the world have been eating hemp seeds for thousands of years, and I wanted to find out why.
The Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are considered to be the most complete food on earth. They contain complete and fully balanced sources of all 10 essential amino acids (EAA’s) and essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which are required for us to maintain life! Basically they are packed with protein and “good” fats.
Fatty Acids (The Good Fats)
Hemp seeds contain amazing amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 – which help us maintain a healthy immune system with shiny healthy looking skin, hair and nails. They also contain some other minor fatty acids like gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid – which is turned into alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). GLA and ALA are actually the most important fatty acids to maintain proper nutrition and health. In fact, hemp seeds are nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acids, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil!
What about Protein?
Hemp seeds contain a high amount of quality proteins that help strengthen our immunity and fend off toxins. The proteins are also very easy to digest and do not cause bloating or gas like other sources. This makes hemp seeds an obvious choice for vegans and vegetarians.
In fact, a 1-ounce serving of the hemp seeds provide 11 grams of “complete” protein, providing all the essential amino acids comparable to that found in meat, eggs, and dairy.
Hemp seeds are also high in essential nutrients including chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, phytosterols, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, histidine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin.
How to Buy and Eat Hemp Seeds
Adding hemp seeds into your diet is actually quite easy. You can find the seeds in basically all health food stores, and many grocery stores. Hemp seeds are available in various forms, such as whole hemp seeds, hemp seed protein powder, hulled hemp seeds, and hemp seed oil. You can simplyeat them raw, throw some in a salad, and even replace olive oil with hemp seed oil, etc.
Can I Get High from Hemp Seeds?
Heck no! While hemp does come from a variety of marijuana, the plant itself contains extremely low levels (or none) of THC. This means you will not get high, or test positive for marijuana on any drug tests.