While most other countries have been enjoying hemp in their diet for years, the new legislations bought into effect last November, means Australians and Kiwis can now consume Hemp foods legally.
So What Are Hemp Seeds?
Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are the seeds of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Although marijuana comes from the same plant, Hemp only contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC, the active ingredient of marijuana). This variety of the cannabis plant actually has a long history of use in the some countries but because of these trace amounts of THC they were put into the same category as marijuana.
Hemp is considered one of the most nutritious plants in the world and the seeds contain all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones that our bodies cannot produce on its own. Hemp seeds are also a rich source of essential minerals, including magnesium and phosphorus for bone health, zinc to help support the immune system, and iron for oxygenating the blood.
Hemp Seeds Benefits
Whole hemp seeds contain 10 to 15 percent fibre, which aids in constipation and promotes digestive regularity. The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp seeds regulate metabolism, help brain function, maintain bone health, and stimulate skin and hair growth. As a natural appetite suppressant, adding hemp seed to your meals can reduce your food cravings and help you feel full longer.
Hemp Seeds Nutrition
Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavour and are ready to use raw or in low heat cooking. The seeds can be sprinkled on hot cereal, yogurt or salads, added to shakes & smoothies, or added to breads, pancakes, granola bars and other baked desserts. Because they are packed with protein, hemp seeds are ideal for people following a paleo diet or trying to reduce their carb intake.
Quick Easy Recipe
To begin introducing these wee superfoods into your diet try our recipe for Strawberry Hemp Overnight oats.
Where to buy?
We stock Hemp Foods Australia hulled seeds in our clinic. Hemp Foods Australia is located in pristine Bangalow on Australia’s east coast and is 100% Australian Certified Organic.
Buy these seeds in our Sunshine Coast Clinic and online.
Most health food stores also now stock Hemp seeds.