The mighty hemp seed is the next big thing to take over the diet stage. But why? Hemp seeds happen to have the right combination of fat, protein and fiber to make everything about life easier, from good digestion to building muscle at the gym.
Sid from “Ice Age” said it best when he told Manny, “It’s hard to get fat on a vegan diet.” And so it is. Many vegan diets are chock full of nuts, to the point where we start to feel like we may sprout almonds out the ears. The truth is that finding fat in plant life is the source of satiety in this diet. Those who eat a diet relatively high in fat but focus on unsaturated fats have a lower risk of heart disease, according to the American College of Cardiology. Fortunately, hemp seeds have that perfect one-two punch of Omega-3s and Omega-6s that keep inflammation away and the heart pumping strong.
The entire body needs protein to keep going. Proteins are what allow brain cells to maintain strength over the years. Protein puts the kidneys through their paces and provides necessary nutrients to improve stamina at the gym. Although evidence shows that most of us probably do not need as much protein as we have been led to believe, a little extra protein does not hurt most people. For those of us who eschew animal products, protein can also be a bit harder to find. That is why we love the hemp seed for its protein-packed nature. Just a few tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds or a scoop of hemp protein powder is all we need to get our engines revving.
The most overlooked part of a healthy diet these days is typically fiber. People get fiber from fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Those who eat diets high in processed foods often do not get enough fiber, while people who focus on high-fat, low-carb diets often suffer from the same problem. Low fiber can result in an unhappy digestive system and make weight-loss efforts slow down. Instead, we should all eat a diet high in soluble and insoluble fiber. Thankfully, the hemp seed has plenty of both.
It is hard to imagine that such a small seed could wield such power in the dietary world. With hemp seeds as part of a healthy diet, we can do no wrong.