NEWS: This superfood is now available in the SANEStore as a convenient whole-food powder so you can more easily enjoy it in smoothies and recipes.
Hemp seed has grown in popularity in the United States since the early ’90s, but it may surprise many to know that this ancient food can be traced back thousands of years to Chinese, Egyptian, Persian and other cultures, where it was a highly revered food source.
It is clear from its discussions in ancient texts (like China’s agricultural treatise, the Xia Xiao Zheng, from the 16th century BC) that hemp was once highly valued. Today, however, the nutritional makeup of hemp, described by some experts as a “superfood,” is often overlooked in favor of other plant foods. But hemp seeds are in fact ripe with an impressive nutritional profile.
The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, made into hemp milk (similar to soy or almond milk), prepared as tea and used in baking. Hemp seed is a highly nutritious source of protein, better tasting and more digestible than the soybean. Hemp seeds are also free of the common allergens associated with soy, dairy, gluten and tree-nuts.
Rich in protein and delicious by the spoonful organic raw hemp seeds are chock full of nutrition. In fact, hemp seeds are one of the world’s most nutritious seeds. They are high in vitamin E and contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. Adding to the benefit, hemp seed is one of only a few sources of beneficial gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA). It has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats at around a three to one ratio.
Protein: Hemp is about 33 percent protein, in an easily digestible form that contains 10 essential amino acids. This high protein content is comparable to that in soy, and higher than is found in nuts, other seeds, dairy products, meat, fish or poultry. Many people noted their personal experience of finding that hemp seed protein did not cause bloating or gas, like some other protein shakes did.
Fiber: Hemp seed flour has a fiber content of 40 percent, which is the highest of all flour grains.
Trace Minerals and Antioxidants: Along with the protein, essential fatty acids and fiber, hemp seed is also rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E, and minerals, including magnesium, iron and zinc.
Why Try Hemp Seeds Superfood?
- All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
- Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
- A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
- A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs & mitochondria.
- The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids
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