glad tidings to the strangers
When I mention hemp around some people, I get weird looks as if I’ve uttered something completely taboo. Because hemp comes from the Cannabis sativa plant – the same plant that marijuana comes from – it’s understandable that the former would get confused for the latter. But unlike marijuana, hemp does not contain the high levels of THC which are responsible for creating the high.
Hemp has so many amazing industrial uses and is actually the world’s oldest and most versatile crop! It’s been used for centuries to make clothing, food, fuel, paper, plastic, and other building materials. In fact, there’s reportedly over 25,000 known uses for hemp. It’s stronger and more durable than any other plant derived fiber and has the potential to replace petroleum products like plastics.
Nature’s Perfect Food
As a food, hemp is known as “nature’s most perfect food” because it contains the perfectly balanced ratio of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 that nature intended (1:3 ratio). It contains all 10 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Not only that, but it has no known allergens and is one of the best, quality sources of plant-based protein, making it a great choice for those following a vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free diet.
The best thing about hemp products? They’re 100% sustainable and are naturally resistance to pests, meaning they are grown without pesticides and contain no GMO’s! It also doesn’t deplete the soil and uses about half as much water as other agriculture crops.
How to Add Hemp to Your Diet
Hemp food products come in many forms, including hemp seeds and hemp protein powder. My favorite brand for these is the Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds and the Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein. I use the hemp seeds in our yogurt, granola, and on top of salads. I add the hemp protein to our smoothies, milk, batters, or cereal. Hemp has a nice flavor and very nutty taste, kind of like pine nuts or sesame seeds.
How Hemp Can Benefit Your Health
Since hemp is a super food, its health benefits are too many to list here, but include heart health, brain health, skin health, and it can even aid in weight loss and help control blood sugar levels. I’m guest posting over at the Healthy Planet blog today and sharing more on these help benefits and more! Just click the link below to go to that post – I promise it’ll make you consider buying a bag of hemp seeds or protein this week!
This post was originally posted on Nature’s Nurture.