Hemp is one of the most nutritionally dense and versatile foods available, containing a nutrient profile that is both well balanced and easily digestible. The tiny hemp hearts pack a huge nutritional punch, making it one of the best superfoods on the planet.
Here’s 6 reasons why hemp is such an amazing superfood:
1. Improves heart health
Hemp is one of the highest plant-based source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PFA’s) like omega 3 & 6. Every 100 g serves contains about 47 g or PFA’s. Hemp contains arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which studies have shown to help prevent coronary heart disease1.
2. Rich in protein
Hemp contains the highest quantity and quality of protein of all the plant based foods. Every 100g serve contains about 31g of easily digestible and assimilated protein. To learn more about hemp protein click here.
3. A nutrient powerhouse
Hemp contains significant levels of essential vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin E & Vitamin B.
4. Super low in carbs
Hemp is very low in carbohydrates. Containing less than half a gram per 20 gram serve, it’s ideal for people following a ketogenic, low carb diet or diabetic friendly diet.
5. Hemp helps keep you regular
Hemp is rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre. This supports the elimination processes of the body and help to naturally cleanse the colon.
6. Reduces sugar cravings
The nutrient rich nature of hemp, coupled with it’s high level of dietary fibre, helps to regulate blood glucose levels.
Incorporate hemp into your diet each day to reap these nutritional benefits. You can start by sprinkling a tablespoon of hemp hearts over your meals, just like you would with nuts and seeds. Try adding hemp protein to your smoothies or get creative incorporating hemp oil into your salad dressings.
1. Chang CS, Gamma-linolenic acid inhibits inflammatory responses by regulating NF-kappaB and AP-1 activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced RAW 264.7 macrophages - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19842026
2. Association between dietary arginine and C-reactive protein. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15723738
Guest Blog written by Maz Valcorza - Author of Uncooked & The Naked Vegan, Maz has been working with healthy vegan and allergy friendly foods for the last 6 years. Maz is also an Everyday Vegan on www.everydayvegan.tv where her role is to create and run online courses teaching viewers how to make healthy and delicious vegan food. She loves food and lives for sharing how easy and awesome it is to connect with ourselves, each other and our planet through nourishing our bodies and souls..... follow Maz on instagram.