Tuesday 23 January 2018

Why hemp is a superfood you should be adding to everything!

After being legalized for human consumption late last year, hemp infused foods that bottle the plant’s much-buzzed-about health benefits are coming in hot.
As versatile as it is nutritious, hemp has a lot going for it. Consumed as a seed, oil, flour or protein powder, it can be used to bake with or bolster anything from smoothies to salads for an extra dose of nutrition that can be consumed directly, without the need for heating or soaking.
And while many still associate the reefer with getting high (hemp actually contains little to none of the chemical compound that gives you a buzz) this wonder plant safely deserves a spot on your plate. Here are four reasons why.
It’s super high in protein
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Hemp seeds are a high source of whole vegetable protein which is great if you are vegan, vegetarian or looking to lower your meat intake. Adding two tablespoons to your meal adds 10 grams of protein. Hemp is a complete protein too, which means it contains all 21 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids we can only get from our diets.
It’s packed with fiber
Hemp is jam-packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber (which helps your body eliminate toxins to keep your digestive tract healthy) to keep you feeling more satisfied after each meal. Bonus points for being low carb, sugar and gluten-free, too.
It helps fight inflammation
A study from the University of South Carolina found hemp can suppress inflammation, which isn’t surprising as the seed’s oil has been used medicinally in China for over 3,000 years. What’s more, it can be eaten by most of us. Adults, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women can safely eat it, as well as those with other intolerances, as there are no known allergies to the seed.
It’s a rich source of fats
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Hemp seed oil has the highest source of healthy fats and the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is 3:1, considered to be the perfect ratio, which is good news seeing as they’re known to help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and lower your chances of coronary heart disease and stroke.

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