Is this newly legalised food worth the hype?
Is hemp worth the hype?
In Australia we can finally get our hands on hemp seeds and hemp protein, yay!
Technically a nut, hempseed typically contains over 30% oil and about 25% protein, with considerable amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Here’s why including hemp seeds / hemp protein in your diet might be a good idea!
Rich essential fatty acids
Hemp seeds are rich in two very important essential fatty acids, Linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). These fats are essential for the body and inclusion of these fats in your diet is so important for good health.
Hemp protein is good for you and the environment
Protein is incredibly important when it comes to a healthy balanced diet. Two key proteins in hemp are edestin and albumin. Both of these proteins are easily digested and contain nutritionally significant levels of amino acids. Amino acids are essential for helping replenish, repair and build muscle. Hemp protein can provide a valuable plant based protein source. Increasing plant based protein and reducing animal protein intake is very beneficial for the environment.
Source of vitamin E
Vitamin E is known for its role in protecting and strengthening cell membranes. Vitamin E interacts with various antioxidants to help support cell functioning, strengthen immunity and fight against disease.
Source: Callaway, J.C., 2004. Hempseed as a nutritional resource: an overview. Euphytica, 140(1-2), pp.65-72.