Hemp is one of those foods that seem to fly under the radar, yet it's so good for you that it's a shame we don’t all consume hemp on a daily basis. Rich in protein and essential fatty acids, this little seed is perfect for heart-healthy lifestyles or for those looking for non-soy or meat-based protein in their diet. Why It's Good For You As mentioned, hemp is a complete protein – in fact, it is the most easily digestible plant protein that we know of. It contains all 20 essential amino acids required to create muscle and tissue, which is why it is a perfect addition to vegan meals. Hemp oil consists of 80% essential fatty acids, which is more than any other type of oil on earth. EFA’s are good fats that keep you healthy and help to reduce cholesterol. Hemp oil is particularly high in Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which help ensure optimal brain function, metabolism, and healthy skin and hair. The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids is 3:1, which is considered an ideal ratio by the World Health Organization for maintaining healthy. By adding hemp hearts and hemp oil to your diet you can improve digestion, manage weight, increase energy, obtain or maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and even control blood sugar levels.
Adding Hemp to Your Diet
Hemp comes in many forms. Hemp oil can be used as a salad dressing, or added to smoothies or meals. Hemp hearts are hulled seeds and can be eaten raw or toasted in soups, cereals, or on salads. Powdered hemp is also available for those looking to add protein to smoothies, sauces, and other foods. There is virtually no meal where hemp cannot be added to give a healthy boost. Here are a few suggestions for adding hemp to your diet: - Add to ¼ cup of hemp hearts (or oil) to smoothies or shakes, blend until smooth - Add a few tablespoons of hemp hearts or powder to dips like guacamole and hummus - Sprinkle over your hot or cold cereal - Sprinkle on salads and soups Hemp hearts, powders, and oils must be refrigerated to avoid spoiling, and will keep for up to three months. Look for them in your local grocery or health food store.