What makes hemp helpful to a healthy diet?
Hemp seeds are a complete protein
Hemp seeds contain nine essential amino acids, which are needed for healthy muscles and body tissues. This is harder to attain in plant foods, which makes hemp seeds a popular plant-based choice for gym regulars. On that note, protein also supports healthy muscles and hemp seeds deliver around 5.5 grams of protein per tablespoon – about the same amount as an egg, so hemp has become increasingly popular as a vegan or vegetarian protein powder.
Hemp seed oil has the ideal ratio of Essential Fatty Acids
But there’s another nutritional boost to hemp too. The oil extracted from hemp seeds is rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that are recommended as part of a healthy diet. In fact, humans need EFAs to survive and we can’t produce it ourselves, so it must come from the foods we eat or the supplements we take. Unlike fish, hemp seed oil has an ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, so it’s a vegan-friendly way to get EFAs into our diet. Polyunsaturated EFAs are used by the immune system and play a part in nourishing healthy joints. They also provide fuel for the skin’s own healing and self-maintenance, part of that beautiful glow we all want. And you don’t have to take it internally; you can even apply hemp seed oil directly to the skin or added to the bath water to nourish and soothe dry skin. The small but mighty hemp seeds also contain high levels of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which are important for supporting hormonal balance, particularly for women during PMS. To top it all off, hemp is a great source of vitamin E, an antioxidant which scavenges free-radicals, along with minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc.
How to use hemp your diet
- Hemp seeds have a tasty, slightly nutty flavour, so there are many ways to incorporate them into your daily meals. Hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) can be sprinkled on salads, cereals, yoghurt, or on top of stir-fry vegetables. Savoury or sweet – you’ll love the addition!
- Hemp protein powder is an ideal vegan alternative to whey and soy protein in smoothies and can be used to add a protein and nutrient boost to breakfast bowls and baked goods such as bliss balls, cookies and muffins.
- Hemp seed oil’s nutty taste makes it a delicious ‘finishing oil’ drizzled over roast vegetables, pasta, eggs or salads. Its low smoke point means it can’t be used for cooking, so be sure to use it after the dish has been cooked and plated.
- Hemp seed oil capsules are super convenient as they can be taken on the go, although you’ll need to take a few per day. For the best quality, look for hemp seed oil capsules made from extra virgin and cold pressed Hemp Seed Oil like Biobalance Hemp Seed oil.
There’s room for both Hemp seeds and Hemp seed oil in a diet, as they both offer different nutrients. Check out the full range of hemp products online including hemp seed oil, hemp protein and hemp seeds.
Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. BioBalance, Golden Bay