As Good Foods Go Hemp Seed Is A Rock Star!!!

Posted By Hemp Out Agency on Apr 12, 2013 | 1 comment


In case you were wondering, munching a hemp-spiked muesli bar  isn’t quite  the same as eating a hash cookie.”

“As good foods go hemp seed is a rock star. It has a lot to offer and it  would be a shame not to have it here,” says Accredited Practising Dietitian  Camey Demmitt who was surprised to find no hemp seed on the menu when she moved  to Australia from the US four years ago.   A  major benefit  of hemp  is that  it’s a way of getting extra omega-3 fatty acids  back into  diets  dominated by  omega-6 fats, says Demmitt, a member of the DAA.

In case you need reminding about the skewed ratio of omega-6 and omega-3  fatty acids in our diet it goes something like this. It’s not that  omega-6 fats  are  bad for us –  just that  our modern food supply is so over supplied with  them  that it’s easy to eat too many of them. This can result in a ratio of 20  to one in favour of omega-6 fats, instead of the World Health Organisation’s  recommended ratio of four to one – an imbalance that’s been linked to a range of  health problems including asthma and depression.

But  what else makes  hemp  seed  a standout,  is that it’s  also a rare food  source of  a fatty acid most of us have never heard of  – GLA (short for   gamma  linolenic acid)  that works as an anti-inflammatory, according to  Demmitt.  Emerging research suggests it may be useful for problems like eczema, allergies  and rheumatoid arthritis.

“Hemp seed is also one of the few plant foods – soy is another – that  provides all the amino acids that make up a complete protein. This makes it a  great food for anyone who doesn’t eat animal foods,” she says.

It’s also high in vitamin C and E, is a source of B vitamins, iron and  magnesium and it contains both soluble and insoluble fibre. Unlike flax seed,  which needs to be ground in order to digest its nutrients, you can also eat hemp  seed whole.

What about the taste? Similar to pine nuts. And the oil makes a good salad    dressing, she adds.

In case you were wondering, munching a hemp-spiked muesli bar   isn’t quite  the same as eating a hash cookie.   While hemp and marijuana are from the same  plant Cannabis sativa, they’re different varieties and, according to FSANZ, hemp  seed contains little or no tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC, the active ingredient  that gets smokers stoned – and has no psychoactive properties.

So if it’s so blameless – and nutritious –   why was a previous attempt to let  us to eat hemp rejected in 2002? Because of concerns that making hemp foods  available would “increase consumer acceptance of illicit Cannabis use and pose  problems for drug enforcement agencies,” FSANZ says.

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  1. Cheers to that… Wonder Plant!! The only plant that can save the world!!

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