5 reasons why hemp deserves a place in your pantry
Posted By biteme September 3, 2021
There has been a rise in hemp products found in supermarkets, health food stores, and in the pantry’s of Aussies since hemp was legalised in late 2017.
You may be wondering, what the difference is between hemp and marijuana – since they both come from the same type of plant. The main difference is that hemp only contains trace amounts of the compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (a psychoactive compound), which is why it has been legalised and is safe to eat. Hemp can be consumed in the form of hemp seeds, hemp seed oil or as a hemp protein. Here is everything you need to know about hemp, and why this nutritious food deserves a place in your pantry!
Benefits of Hemp
1. It’s rich in omega’s!
Don’t underestimate it’s size, hemp seeds may be small, but they are packed with the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 required for human health. Due to its omega-3 content, hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and supports the function and appearance of skin health.
2. An excellent source of plant-based protein
In fact, the humble hemp seed is made up of 50-60% protein. Hemp seeds contain both edestin and albumin, which are easily digestible proteins, which also contain all essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
3. It’s contains antioxidants
Hemp seeds are rich in antioxidants, which have been linked to reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, as well as skin and gut conditions.
4. Hemp is highly versatile and can be used to boost the nutritional value of your meals!
You’ll also find a number of vitamins and minerals in hemp seeds, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc and b vitamins. Every time you add hemp to your meals, your sprinkling on an abundance of beneficial nutrients. Fact: hemp seeds are technically considered to be a nut!
5. It’s packed with fibre
A large amount of fibre found in hemp seeds is in the hull, which is also known as the outer shell. However, hulled hemp seeds are also a good source of fibre to help boost the fibre content of your meals.
How to eat more hemp:
- Sprinkle hemp on your cereal and meals.
- Drizzle your salads with hemp seed oil.
- Pick-up a packet of Bite Me Fine Foods Organic Zucchini Fritters and Organic Golden Hashbrowns which are boosted with the benefits of hemp seeds.
- Add a handful of hempseeds to smoothies.