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Four things I bet you didn't know about one of the newest superfoods - hemp

by , 01 June 2016
Four things I bet you didn't know about one of the newest superfoods - hemp
Did you know that hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants known to man? It's also one of the world's most powerful and versatile plants. People are currently using it in everything from paper and building material, to fuel and fabric. And, of course, it's also a food. And a very beneficial one at that!

Let's explore hemp's impressive superfood status a little…

There are a number of hemp food products one the market, including hemp oil, milk, butter and seeds. These products boast a delicious, nutty flavour, and are considered nutrition powerhouses since they're practically bursting with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that are great for heart health and inflammation reduction.

There are also a number of what I'd call lesser-known reasons as to why hemp is a top superfood. Let's take a look at four of them.

Four little-known benefits of hemp

#1: Hemp packs a serious protein punch
Impressively, hemp contains all 20 amino acids, including the 10 essential amino acids that your body can’t produce itself. Just 30 g of hemp seeds pack in a whopping 10 g of protein, making hemp one of the most complete plant-based sources of protein available.
 
#2: Hemp is chock-full of essential fatty acids
Hemp seeds in particular are an incredibly rich source of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Your body needs these fatty acids for a number of reasons, from skin health and brain development, to nervous system function and immune system support. These fatty acids are essential because the body can’t produce them.
 
#3: Hemp contains natural fatty acids
In addition to the omega fatty acids, hemp oil and seeds contain a number of fats that are surprisingly even more difficult to source. These include GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) and SDA (stearidonic acid), which assist your body in converting omega fatty acids more efficiently. 
 
#4: Hemp promotes optimal immunity
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of zinc and vitamin E; both of which help support your immune system. To add, they’re rich in iron, magnesium, potassium as well as dietary fibre.
 

How to add hemp to your diet

Here are a couple of my favourite ways to incorporate hemp into my diet:
  • Add hemp seeds to yoghurt, cereal or salad.
  • Drizzle hemp oil over salads or foods in place of olive oil.
  • Add hemp protein to your morning smoothie.
 
No matter how you choose to consume hemp, keep in mind that it will only increase both the flavour and health benefit of your meal!

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