Incorporating Hemp Into Your Diet
“Hemp milk is made by blending hemp seeds with water. It is widely available and can be used in place of cow’s milk in most recipes. Hemp milk is highly nutritious and loaded with proteins and healthy fats.
In fact, it has more protein and healthy fats than other popular plant-based types of milk, including rice and almond milk.
Compared to whole cow’s milk, hemp milk has fewer calories, less protein and carbs but roughly the same amount of fat.
One cup (240 ml) of unsweetened hemp milk contains approximately:
- Calories: 83
- Carbs: 1.3 grams
- Protein: 4.7 grams
- Fat: 7.3 grams
- Calcium: 2% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Iron: 7% of the DV
In addition to these naturally occurring nutrients, commercial hemp milk is often fortified with calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A, B12 and D. However, it may also contain added sugar, salt, thickeners or other additives.
Most of the fat in hemp milk is unsaturated essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), which are essential for building new tissue and membranes in your body.
What’s more, hemp milk provides protein that your body can easily digest and use. It’s one of few plant-based complete proteins, as it contains all of the essential amino acids that humans need from food.
Finally, hemp milk is naturally free of soy, lactose and gluten, making it a good option for people who need or want to avoid these components.” ( Full article can be found here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hemp-milk#nutrition)
Hemp hearts are the seed but completely shelled. They are an easy way to add a booster to almost anything that you eat. “Hemp Hearts are nutrient-dense but have a subtle flavor. They kind of taste like a sunflower seed, without the hassle; but, when you add them to food they take on the flavor of whatever you are eating. They are high in protein, potassium, manganese and Omega-3 and contain all nine essential amino acids that your body needs but doesn’t naturally produce.” (For the entire article and awesome ideas and recipes on using hemp hearts go to: https://www.thinkhempythoughts.com/eat-hemp-hearts/)
There is are quite a few debates surrounding the hemp seed vs the hemp heart, also known as a hulled seed. The seeds themselves are very crunchy and people often complain that they get stuck in their teeth. However, the hull of the seed contains a high amount of insoluble fibre which we get very little of in our modern diets. In the end, it’s personal preference whether you’d like to eat them hulled or whole! Both have amazing benefits!
Hemp protein is created by grinding the seeds into a fine powder to add to whatever you’d like! I personally use it in my daily smoothie.
“In general, animal proteins are more easily digested than plant proteins, but research shows that 91–98% of the protein in ground hemp seed is digestible. This means that your body can use almost all of the amino acids in hemp protein powder for important bodily functions, such as repair and maintenance. Researchers believe that hemp is so easy to digest because it contains the proteins edestin and albumin, which your body can break down quickly. Hemp protein powder is a good source of fiber, containing 8 grams per serving — much more than most other plant-based protein powders.”
Hemp Seed Oil:
“Hemp seed(oil) is nutritious – mainly because of the high level of essential fatty acids that it contains. These fatty acids are essential to building a strong and healthy immune system… Supplementing with hemp oil is a good way to boost your fatty acids, and in turn, boost your immune system.
Yet again, fatty acids have proven an essential component in several studies relating to mood disorders. These fatty acids we keep mentioning are essential to the health of your nervous system and brain. The nerves that communicate with your brain are protected by a myelin sheath. Myelin is a conductor that ensures that messages sent from one nerve reach another and their proper destination.”
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