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Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known, but it’s only been since 2007 that there’s been an increased growth in the commercial success of hemp food products.
Hemp Seed Hearts
The most nutritious part of the hemp seed is the inner nut or heart. Hemp seed hearts are 35% protein and contain the perfect balance of Omega 3 and 6, as well as trace amounts of the beneficial Omega 9.
Both the complete protein and the essential oils contained in hemp seed are in ideal ratios for human nutrition. Our bodies are able to use hemp seed protein in its raw state, unlike soy that needs to be processed first. Sixty-five percent of the hemp’s protein content is in the form of globulin edestin (from the Greek "edestos," meaning edible). Hemp contains no THC (the psychoactive substance in marijuana) and no gluten or toxins. The green-coloured fragments in hemp seeds reveal the high chlorophyll content which makes them a natural detoxifier. It is the most practical green food!
According to manufacturers and distributors, a 1-ounce (28 gram/2 tablespoon) serving of shelled hemp seeds provides 11 grams of protein, an unusually high amount for a plant food (2 Tablespoons of peanut butter, by comparison, provides a mere 6 grams of protein). Researchers from the University of Manitoba have also found that the protein in hemp seeds is more readily digested than some other grains, nuts, and some legumes.
Aside from protein and fat, hemp seeds are also rich in iron, providing 20% of your daily requirement in a 2 tablespoon serving. Like all nuts and seeds, they are also energy-dense, providing 165 calories per serving, which means they should be used in moderation; for most, 1-2 tablespoons per day is appropriate. Since hemp seeds are not a nut, they can make a useful addition to many nut-free diets.
Enjoy The Good Seed Hemp Hearts sprinkled into soups, salads, shakes, or cooked whole grains. They are a versatile food that can be added to pasta dishes, muffins, cookies or granola bars.
Hemp Seed Oil contains one of nature’s most well balanced ratios of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids, as well as Omega-9 GLA. It is 78% polyunsaturated and low in monounsaturated (less than 12%) and saturated fats (typically 8.0% or lower), all in their natural, heart-friendly state.
Omega-6 (linolenic acid or LA) and Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid or ALA) are called essential fatty acids because our bodies cannot manufacture them. They are essential for healthy cellular function, yet can only be acquired through diet.
Women find hemp oil helps relieve pre-menstrual syndrome and extreme symptoms of menopause.
Some of the other benefits of having these nutrients in the diet include an increased metabolism, lower cholesterol, better digestion, general vigour, improved skin and hair condition, and an improved immune system. These ‘healthy fats’ are vital as they carry and distribute oxygen throughout the body, expel toxins, lubricate joints, and improve circulation and tissue elasticity.
Use The Good Seed Hemp Oil on your salad, in your salad dressing, over steamed carrots or broccoli, and in your smoothie. It gives a nice nutty flavour.
Hemp Seed Protein
Hemp seed protein contains all nine essential amino acids and features a high content of the two sulphur-containing amino acids, methionine and cysteine, usually under represented in vegetable proteins. Protein powder from hemp seeds provides an amino-acid spectrum and nutritional value superior to soy protein. Hemp seed protein also contains a high proportion of glutamic acid, an important neurotransmitter required when we are under stress.
Nutritional Comparison of Hemp Seed to Soybeans
Note: Soybeans have the anti-nutritional factor, called trypsin inhibitor, which prevents protein absorption. It has been observed that more soy equates to less health and reduced thyroid function. And a significant portion of the population is allergic to soy. The protein in hemp seed is a much higher quality, easily digestible, and therefore virtually non-allergenic.
Easily-digested Hemp Protein Powder gives a nutty flavour to smoothies and blended drinks and is a great addition to muffins, pancakes, breads and pastries. The possibilities are limitless.
We chose to carry The Good Seed Hemp because we appreciate that it is a farmer-owned company whose goals are to provide nutritious food, to support fair trade and conscientious farming, to promote food security through crop diversity, and to conserve wildlife habitat. Our Family Farm (Good Seed.com)
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The Good Seed Certified Organic hemp seed products are sourced from the Farmer Direct Co-operative in Regina, Saskatchewan, which is the first business in Canada and the USA to receive domestic fair trade certification.
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