People are beginning to notice the health benefits of hemp. When combined with other foods, it can create some tasty and healthy treats, such as hemp chocolate.
But what is hemp? Isn't it comparable to marijuana? Do you need to be worried about getting high when you eat hemp seeds?
Let's answer all these questions and set the record straight about hemp. And, if you love chocolate (especially dark chocolate!), keep reading the discover some amazing hemp chocolate benefits.
Hemp vs. Marijuana: Same Family, Different Plants
People are often confused about whether or not hemp and marijuana are the same, and differentiating between hemp and marijuana has proven to be somewhat of a controversy. Hemp and marijuana are similar in that they come from the same plant family, cannabis. Besides that, their chemical make-up sets them apart from each other.
Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the chemical responsible for getting you high. Hemp contains trace amounts of THC, but not nearly enough to provide you with psychosomatic effects.
Hemp Chocolate Benefits
Hemp has a wealthy spectrum of health benefits, and you can get them all by combining it with delicious (and healthy!) dark chocolate.
Fats - Yes, Fats!
Contrary to popular belief, there are some fats that are beneficial to your health, especially brain health. Hemp contains those specific fats.
Hemp supplies your body with essential fatty acids (EFA) like omega-3 and omega-6. In fact, hemp contains a 3:1 ratio of these fats, which is considered perfect for human health.
The standard American diet does not include enough of these EFA's, and our bodies do not make them so our only choice is to get them from food. Just a little bit of hemp will do to reap the benefits of EFA's.
Hemp is called a complete protein because it supplies all the 20 necessary amino acids and nine of the essential amino acids our bodies cannot make.
Amino acids are the building blocks to making protein, and when we're not fueling our bodies with amino acids, the stress hormone, cortisol, can run rampant. Hemp is unique because it is a complete plant protein, which is especially important for those who cannot tolerate milk products or are vegan, but still, need protein in their diet.
Hemp seeds contain 10g of protein or 25% of your daily intake. That's impressive for such a small seed.
Chocolate and cholesterol? You bet! a whopping number of Americans suffer from high cholesterol which can contribute to a host of numerous health problems. Thankfully, hemp chocolate offers a healthful and delectable way to bring those cholesterol numbers in the normal range.
Triglycerides are the fat in our blood and too much lends itself to high cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fats fight triglycerides and lower cholesterol. Hemp has a high polyunsaturated fat count of 11.43 g, which could potentially reduce unhealthy fats.
Packed With Vitamins
Hemp seeds may be small, but they are loaded with vitamins your body craves and needs for optimal function.
You need 300-400 mg of magnesium a day, and hemp contains an impressive 176 g, or 45% daily value.
Magnesium is an important vitamin in the body, as it helps reduce anxiety and stress in the body, establishing a more calm mindset. It can also assist with sleep and relaxation.
B vitamins are an all-important vitamin that many of us lack, for vegans especially. There are several of them and they all contribute different benefits to our bodies, such as metabolism management and energy levels.
B vitamins, like B-12, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and pantheonic acid are found in hemp.
Iron is responsible for supporting your red blood cells as they carry oxygen. When you lack iron, you subject yourself to becoming anemic.
Boost your iron intake by consuming hemp, which has 15% of your daily iron intake. When you eat hemp seeds together with vitamin C the result is even more powerful.
Omega-3 and omega-6 are also responsible for combating inflammation, but a polyunsaturated fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is also present in hemp. GLA helps reduce inflammation and can help chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes.
Relief From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that impacts the joints in the body. It causes much pain and inflammation. Though more research is needed, it's thought that patients who consumed hemp could have some relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
Dark Chocolate is A Superfood
Don't listen to your mom, chocolate is good for you...dark chocolate, that is!
This toted 'superfood' is rich in fiber and minerals. It also boasts many other health benefits such as:
- rich in antioxidants
- improved blood flow, which leads to better heart health
- possible protection from heart disease
- boosted brain function and focus
To get all the benefits of dark chocolate, choose one with a high percentage of cacao, starting at 70% and upwards. But don't go crazy. Dark chocolate still contains sugar so be cautious about how much you have.
The omega-3s contribute to a healthy heart, but hemp seeds contain an amino acid called arginine that changes into nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide helps keep the artery walls flexible and clear resulting in improved blood flow.
Again, the star of hemp seeds is those omega-3s. Because skin conditions can result from chronic inflammation, feeding your body with omega-3s can reduce the inflammation and possibly clear up unsightly skin issues like acne and atopic dermatitis.
Hemp Chocolate: A Positive Food For Your Health
Hemp chocolate is an incredible way to receive all the benefits of hemp but masked as indulging. With all the amazing benefits hemp provides, fitting it into your diet is a no-brainer, especially when it tastes like a treat!
There are a variety of ways to use hemp. Consider all the benefits hemp has and choose how you want to incorporate hemp into your lifestyle.