Hemp seeds have become quite popular. From vegan and vegetarian to primal and Paleo diets, many people are looking for a good source of fat and protein that is as natural as possible. But, eventually, you will ask yourself, how much should I eat? While hemp seeds’ health benefits are quite notable, we need to put our consumption of them within a context of a variety of healthy fats.
Adding Hemp Food To A Healthy Diet
Those of us living a vegan lifestyle need to get protein and fat wherever we can find it. Hemp seeds offer us an excellent option in this regard. The small, nutty-tasting seeds have a texture somewhere between sunflower and sesame seeds. Just one tablespoon of hemp seeds, tossed on a salad, or eaten by the handful, provides about four grams of fat and 3-5 grams of protein. The fats contain a vast quantity of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Why Should You Be Eating Hemp Seeds
Now that you know how good hemp seed products are for your body, you need to figure out how much to eat. Like most nuts and seeds, a tablespoon or two a day of seeds or seed meal is all that one needs. Hemp seeds have the perfect ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, at 3:1, they are still high in polyunsaturated fats. We recommend that hemp seed food consumption should be balanced with monounsaturated fats and saturated, found in nuts, coconut, and some animal products.
A tablespoon or two of hemp seeds each day is enough to give a flavorful crunch and pack a nutritional wallop for our diets. When eating hemp seeds in moderation, we cannot lose.
How to Eat Hulled and Toasted Hemp Seeds
Eating shelled hemp seeds, or hulled hemp seeds is as simple as sprinkling a spoonful into smoothies or on top of salads, cereal, or yogurt. People with gluten allergies use hemp seeds as a substitute for breadcrumbs to coat fish and chicken. You can also blend water and almonds to make delicious almond milk, and you can do the same with hulled hemp seed hearts for hemp seed milk, which you can use as a dairy milk alternative in drinks and your favorite recipes. And because of its delicious nutty flavor, hemp seeds make an excellent substitute for people with nut allergies—you can dry-toast them over low heat to bring out even more of that nuttiness.
What If I Have Nut Allergies?
Hemp seeds are not a tree nut or groundnut but rather the contents (heart) of the hemp seed. Most people who claim to have allergies to nuts report no reaction to hemp seed foods. However, to be safe, if you are allergic to nuts you should consult your doctor first.
Will Eating Hemp Foods Get Me High?
Although marijuana and hemp are from the same species, Cannabis sativa, they're entirely different plants. There are around 12 varieties of hemp plants that are grown for seed, and all of them contain about 0.003 percent THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the leading psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. You can eat as much hemp seeds as you want and you'll never have to worry about failing a drug test or getting high. Although individual states have begun to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the last couple of years, the hemp seeds you can find at your grocery or health food store were likely grown in Canada or China.
What is the Difference Between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana?
Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are both in the Cannabis Sativa L. family, but all hemp seed food does not contain the psychoactive compound, (Tetrahydrocannabinol), that Cannabis does. Agricultural Hemp is grown for many industrial purposes: fiber, food, and fuel. That is why hemp is legal, and medical marijuana is not. The same difference in poppies that are made for the poppy seeds that chefs use in food products such as bagels and the flowers that are grown to produce opium narcotic.
Will I Fail A Urinalysis Test If I Eat Them?
Not a chance! As stated above, hulled hemp seed hearts from Canada have 0.0003% THC so you can eat them and never cause a false positive on a drug or hair test. A customer could eat an entire 16oz bag of Hemp Seeds Hearts in one sitting, and still pass a drug test.
How to Store Hemp Seed Products
Once you open a bag, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate or freeze it to extend the shelf life. You can expect an opened bag of hemp seeds to last for around a year in the freezer or refrigerator. If you keep a package at room temperature, the shelf life will be more like 4 to 6 months. If you give your bag of hemp seeds a sniff and they smell rancid, toss them. When in doubt, throw them out.
Hemp Seed Oil Skin Care
Serve Hemp Seeds in a number of fashions, from the whole seed to a crushed meal, and even oil. While the oil itself is also edible, it is a good choice for Hemp skin care as well. Hemp Seed Oil has an ideal balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are similar to the lipids naturally present in our skin. As a result, you can directly apply Hemp Seed Oil to the skin to prevent epidermal damage due to extreme heat, cold and wind.
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