There seems to be a new superfood each month. Kale, pomegranate arils, and the list goes on. However, there is one food that has topped that chart for much, much longer.
Hemp hearts have remained a "super seed" for so long, for many reasons. This multifaceted food is not only chock-full of crazy good-for-you nutrition but is extremely versatile in the way it can be consumed.
Need to know more? Keep reading as we deep-dive into this fantastic food.
What are Hemp Hearts?
Hemp hearts, also known as hulled hemp seeds, are the shelled seeds of the industrial hemp plant. They are used as a stand-alone food, an ingredient in high-end cosmetic products, building materials among many other uses.
The benefits of consuming hemp hearts are undeniable. The full list of benefits would be too long to list here, so we'll touch on some of the big ones to start with.
Because hemp hearts are full of both soluble and insoluble fiber, they are a perfect way to keep your gastrointestinal system regular.
With both probiotics and fiber, this super seed promotes a healthy immune system and will keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Due to the wide array of fatty acids and omega-3 fats, hemp hearts are an amazing way to strengthen your overall immune system and beat inflammation.
Rich with GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid), which is responsible for regulating hormone-like chemicals in the body, hemp seeds are among the best cancer-fighting foods on the market today.
Want to stop heart disease in its tracks? Consuming hemp seeds daily has been shown to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL), raise the good (HDL), lower blood pressure as well improve triglyceride levels.
How To Eat
Another excellent point for the super food is how versatile hemp hearts are. They can be eaten as is on top of yogurt, blended into smoothies, or even roasted for a healthy, nutty-tasting snack.
If you're not into eating the seeds as is, there are still plenty of options to enjoy the benefits and taste. Ranging from homemade hemp seed butter to delicious meals made with hemp hearts, there truly is a way for everyone to consume this amazing super food.
Feeling thirsty? Try a nice glass of homemade hemp milk! If you're feeling particularly creative, you can make your own hemp seed oil to use as a salad dressing or finishing oil. The ways to enjoy this superfood is endless!
Storing Hemp Hearts
Because they are so high in omega fatty acids, which are susceptible to breaking down and spoiling, it's important to store your seeds in a cool, dry place. Many suppliers will suggest refrigeration after opening. The seeds can also be frozen to prolong freshness and extend shelf life.
With countless ways to enjoy the superfood and even more benefits, there's no reason to not incorporate hemp seeds into your diet today.
Do you use hemp hearts? What's your favorite way to eat them? Let us know in the comment section below!