Hemp hearts (or seeds) are considered to be one of nature’s most nutrient dense foods. They have been used for thousands of years as a source of fibre, healthy fats, and nutrients. Hemp hearts are a great source of vitamin E, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur and zinc. Industrially, hemp has been used as a fuel, lubricant and even in building materials. While hemp does belong to the Canabis Sativa genus, hemp hearts contain little to no THC and will not causes any of the same effects of its cousin, marijuana.
Unlike most other sources of plant protein, hemp hearts are considered a complete source of protein. This means they contain all essential amino acids required by the body. Consuming 2-3 tablespoons of hemp hearts will give you around 11 grams of protein. Hemp seeds are also known for being a rich source of both omega 3 and 6; it even holds them in nature’s perfect balance of a 3:1 ratio. Since it is not uncommon to have a diet lacking of these essential fatty acids, adding hemp hearts to your diet is a sure way to keep you covered.
Hemp hearts have a slightly nutty flavour. They can be incorporated into almost any dish. Try them as a salad or smoothie topper, in yogurt or oatmeal, add them to pasta sauces or just eat them by the spoonful. For those who are sensitive to gluten, hemp seeds can be used as a replacement for bread crumbs. Similar to almonds, hemp hearts can also be blended into a nutritious milk replacement. When buying hemp hearts, remember they are packed with fatty acids that are sensitive to heat and light. Buy them in opaque containers and store them in the freezer for ultimate freshness.
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