Have you heard murmurings among your friends about the "new" hip superfood, Hemp Hearts? What are they? Are they the same thing as Hulled Hemp Seeds or Toasted Hemp Hearts? And, for that matter, what exactly is Hemp? We have the answers and more Hemp grooviness below.
What are Hemp Hearts?
“Hemp Hearts,” another name for shelled/hulled HempSeeds, are nutritious, versatile and tasty superfoods. Hemp seeds, classified as nuts, are about the size of sesame seeds. We remove the seeds' hard outer shells mechanically, without toxic solvents or gases, and then directly cold-process the live Hemp Seeds. Hemp Hearts get their name because they’re the creamy, soft, buttery nutmeat inside the hard Hemp Seeds' shells.
- Hemp Hearts are the creamy, soft, buttery nutmeat inside the hard Hemp shell.
- Mechanical processing removes the hard Hemp Seeds' outer shell, without toxic solvents or gases.
- The creamy white, raw, live Hemp Seeds are cold-processed until the buttery "heart" of the seed remains.
What Do Hemp Hearts Taste Like?
- Soft Hemp Hearts taste like a combination of pistachios and pine nuts. You can pour them in your hand and pop into your mouth for a superfood snack!
- Toasted Hulled Hemp Seeds are hard-shelled whole seeds that taste like sesame seeds and popcorn. What's not to love?
What is Hemp?
Hemp is also called Industrial Hemp or Agricultural Hemp. It’s a cousin of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, (aka-marijuana plant), but Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC - the psychoactive ingredient of the marijuana plant. Industrial (Agricultural) Hemp is immediately discernible from its cousin. Hemp grows tall and skinny and has been used for thousands of years to make rope, paper, and textiles, and its seeds to produce food, fuel, and medicines.
Hemp Hearts come from the Industrial Hemp plant. Hippie Butter uses only Canadian Hemp Seeds, grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or any other toxic chemicals. The Hemp plant is drought-resistant and needs limited water. Hemp crops can grow immediately after harvest without a fallow period.
As of this writing, in 2019, 24 states in the US are beginning to grow their own Industrial Hemp plants, but they’re only in the beginning stages. As their processing becomes more refined, Hippie Butter will procure locally sourced Hemp Seeds to manufacture its Hemp Seed foods and body care products.
- Hemp, also called Industrial Hemp or Agricultural Hemp, is a cousin of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, (aka-marijuana plant).
- The Hemp plant contains only trace amounts of THC, the chemical compound that makes you feel "high."
- You won't get high or fail a drug test from consuming Hemp products.
- Industrial Hemp grows tall and skinny and is immediately discernable from its cousin, marijuana.
- Hemp plants grow without the need for pesticides, herbicides, or toxic chemicals.
- Hemp crops are pest and drought-resistant.
- Hemp itself is a soil-restorative plant cultivated in-between growing seasons for other crops to nurture and fertilize the soil.
What Are Hemp Seeds?
- The Industrial Hemp flower produces Hemp Seeds,
- Hemp Seeds are non-GMO, non-allergenic, gluten-free, THC-free, pesticide and herbicide-free, Mom-friendly, earth-friendly, and Vegan and Vegetarian-friendly.
- Hulled Hemp Hearts are perfect dairy, flour, and nut substitutes.
- Hemp Hearts are an excellent source of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
What are the Benefits of Eating Hulled Hemp Hearts & Why Are They Superfoods?
- Hulled Hemp Hearts contain Omega fatty acids, (EFAs), 3, 6 and 9, (GLA), in perfect proportions.
- Hemp Seeds provide the complex, easily-digestible proteins, Edestin and Albumin.
- Hemp Hearts contain nine essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and DHA, (DocosaHexaenoic Acid).
- Magnesium in Hemp Seeds controls nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism, bone and cell formation.
- Hemp Seeds' GLAs help people with ADHD, breast pain, diabetic neuropathy, obesity, and other disorders.
- The GLAs in Hemp Seeds are excellent for pregnant mothers and infants.
- The fiber in Hemp Seeds aids in digestion, and is an essential part of a healthy diet.
- The amino acids in Hemp Hearts help regulate and boost the immune system and decrease inflammation.
- The essential amino acids, B vitamins, and magnesium in Hemp Seeds all work together to support the parts of the brain that reduce stress and anxiety.
- Diets lacking these minerals force the body to increase its production of stress hormones.
- The vitamins and minerals in Hemp Seeds keep your mood functioning at a balanced and healthy rate.
- Eating a handful of Hemp Seeds three times a day will lower blood sugar, make you feel full, and stop sugar cravings.
- Hemp's EFAs are great for cardiovascular health.
- A diet rich in Hemp Hearts is perfect for all members of your family, infants, kids, moms, dads, seniors, and the infirm.
Is Hemp Legal in the US?
- Yes. Hemp is legal in the USA and North America so there's no need to worry.
- Hemp products are Mom-approved and family friendly.
- You won't get high or fail a drug test.
- Hemp Foods and Body Care products have been legal since 1986.
Hemp is still fighting the lies of the "Reefer Madness" propaganda from the 1930's. That's when the happy Hemp plant became misunderstood by powerful people due to greed and racism.
But, don't worry! The Clinton Administration ended the ban on Hemp and its products in 1986, and Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill, which legally defined Hemp as distinct from drug varieties of Cannabis. Now sixteen states are in the beginning stages of researching and growing Hemp.
Agricultural Hemp is not just a boon to U.S. Farmers; it's a boon to U.S. manufacturing industries as well.
Go ahead; you can say it, "Hemp! Hemp! Hooray!"
Ok, now back to Hemp Hearts.
What are Omega Fatty Acids & What Makes Them Wonderful?
- OmegaFatty Acids, called EFAs, (essential fatty acids), are polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- EFAs control the body's metabolism.
- Hemp Heart's EFAs are natural mood enhancers; they boost serotonin levels in the brain, thus offering the same anxiety and depression-fighting properties as anti-depressants.
- DHA, (Docosahexaenoic acid), an Omega-3 fatty acid, is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina.
- Great for pregnant women and infants, the DHA in Hemp Seeds prevents macular degeneration and promotes brain and eye development.
- EFAs have many benefits for the heart and it’s functions.
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Eliminate clot formation in the blood.
- Restrict the formation of plaques in the blood.
- Reduce chances of inflammation.
- Increase HDL, (good cholesterol), in the body.
Why Should I Care About Hemp Hearts?
- Hemp Hearts/Hulled Hemp Seeds come from the Hemp plant, "The Tree of Life."
- Ancient civilizations and animals co-evolved using every part of the Hemp plant.
- Hemp was the basis for the oldest cultures to grow and evolve into the modern civilizations we live in today.
- Ancient peoples used the Hemp plant's stem-fiber to weave fabrics and to make rope, paper, and clothing.
- They used the seeds for food, milk, medicines, and feed for their livestock.
- Hemp Seeds were even used as currency to trade and barter.
- Now, we employ Hemp for more than 50,00 uses including, health foods, body care, clothing, housing and transport construction materials, biofuels, and plastic composites.
What Can I Do With Hemp Hearts?
- They are delicious! You'll want to add them to everything you eat. Just don't heat above 300 degrees.
- Hemp Hearts are incredibly versatile and your imagination is the only limit to their use.
- Eat them by the handful straight out of the bag.
- Sprinkle them on salads, smoothies, yogurt, cottage cheese.....
- Add them to baking recipes instead of nuts for cookies, loaves of bread, casseroles, etc.
- Make your own Hemp Hearts granola.
- Sprinkle them on roasted veggies and meats.
Here's a link to our Cooking with Hemp Seeds cookbook
As you've probably guessed, Hulled Hemp Seeds/Hemp Hearts are an easy, delicious way to get the yummy nutrition you need every day.
Check out all the Hippie Butter Hemp Seed products here.